Montrose Police Chief Tom Chinn said half of the $100 per ticket price is tax deductible, and people will get their money’s worth while helping the department.
Whether the event will be a money-maker is yet to be seen, since this is a first time venture, Chinn said. “If we make any money, any excess after we pay expenses for the ball itself will be used for training and equipment for the police department.”
Tickets can be purchased at Timberline Bank at 1561 Oxbow Drive or at Montrose Bank, 200 N. Townsend Avenue. Tickets must be purchased by July 22, and will not be available at the door, Chinn said.
Besides ticket sales, the event will also feature both silent and live auctions, with lots of valuable prizes, including weekend getaways, hot air balloon rides, airplane rides, Denver Broncos tickets, jewelry, pottery, paintings and “various law enforcement-related goods,” including guns.
The evening will also feature “a delectable dinner” at 7 p.m. served by Pine Cone Catering while the High Plains Duo plays live music in the background.
After dinner, Ken Kincaide of OK Auction Inc. in Delta will lead a live auction that includes, among other things, a three-day 2012 elk hunt, tickets for the Durango/Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway, and membership to Orvis Hot Springs.
Chinn said all auction items were contributed by “very generous” businesses and individuals.
After the live auction, people at the ball can dance the night away in the Pavilion’s main ballroom to music by DJ Justin Covington.
The idea for having a police officer’s ball started with Sgt. Warren Brown, Chinn said. “This was kind of Warren’s brainchild. The reason we decided to do this is that our budgets are very tight right now, and we know that without training and equipment, you lose your edge. In this society we live in, we’ve got to have them both.”
The ball is also intended to help residents get to know their local police in a social setting, he said. “When David Kinterknecht was killed a year ago, there was an outpouring from the community, which was very, very, very supportive. In a way, that’s what this is about, for people to spend time with law enforcement in the community.”
Attire for the event is formal, which Chinn calls “dress blue” to honor the “men and women in blue,” as police officers are traditionally known.
“It should be a fun night,” Chinn said. “Officers attending may wear dress blues, or a tux or suit, and I think there are a couple of folks that are wearing spurs.”