Ventura Police Community Foundation announces hero selections

The Board of Directors of the Ventura Police Community Foundation proudly announces the first annual Heroes Among Us Gala presented by the Players Casino. The event will take place on November 3, from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the San Buenaventura Mission. The Foundation will recognize community members or groups, who through their personal or professional life, have displayed selflessness, dedication and compassion, making a positive impact in Ventura and beyond. The evening will include a silent auction, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres reception followed by dinner, ceremony and dancing.

Heroes were selected through a nomination process. Heroes are community members who have done extraordinary things to make Ventura a better place! Join us as we recognize those who are making a lasting impact in our community.

The 2018 Heroes include: Frank Padilla,Mark Kirwin,Lisa Marquez,Mel Sheeler,John Karayan,Simone Covault.

The First Memorial Honor Detail

Ron Matthews

The Chief of Police Honorary Hometown Heroes include:

Jason Collis,Tim Kilcoyne,Jim Monahan,Judy Devine,Mark Hartley.

The mission of the Ventura Police Community Foundation is to foster and support programs and initiatives that strengthen a safe community and enhance the quality of life in Ventura.

Foundation programs include:

Youth Programs: Positive and proactive opportunities such as the Ventura Police Activities League which supports after school programs and youth mentoring designed to reduce crime-related risk and help disadvantaged youth.

Community Partnerships: Projects that enhance the relationship between the community and the Ventura Police Department.

Public Safety: Initiatives that address specific public safety needs, improve police effectiveness and officer safety through specialized equipment, technology and other innovations.

For more information please call 805-339-4317 or visit

Print Friendly, PDF & Email