'A Taste of Los Gatos' Fundraiser to Benefit Police Foundation

Event at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9 at Black Ridge Vineyards features 'tastes' by 20 town restaurants and wineries and information about the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department.

Tastes and pours from the 20 of the top restaurants and wineries in town and hands-on displays of the 's equipment and programs will be part of this year's A Taste of Los Gatos at 3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 9 at , 18550 Black Rd.

The event's $100 tickets benefit the work of the , which supports the LGMSPD and the two towns it serves by providing funding for public safety tools and educational outreach programs, said Foundation Chairman Jonathan Knowles, a longtime Los Gatos resident and community advocate.

"By providing additional funding, we assist in maintaining the high quality of life and the low crime rate that residents, businesses and visitors of Los Gatos and Monte Sereno enjoy," Knowles said.

The event will also have a demonstration of the department's police dog, robot, undercover technology, SWAT team, a firing range, and other activities, Knowles said.

Anyone can join the foundation with a donation of $500 and receive two tickets to attend the social fundraising event and attend other public safety related activities in the upcoming year at no additional cost.

Knowles said the Foundation has organized a briefing for its members with Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen and its investigative unit, a tour of the LGMS Police Operations Building on Los Gatos Boulevard, special ride-alongs with Chief Scott Seaman and range day to learn about the various weapons used by local police officers.

"The Foundation exists to augment the police department's programs and technologies with things that would normally not be funded with town monies," Knowles explained.

Some of those programs include the the to help students learn more about public safety, among others.

"We fund educational programs that allow the officers to get training in technology and undercover work. We have a new robot used in situations when we don't know what to expect that's equipped with cameras. It makes our local police department a world recognized agency. The bottom line is that the Foundation is good for the residents and businesses in town," Knowles said.

To order tickets call 408 354-6840 or 810 841-3266, or purchase them at the door at Black Ridge Vineyards on Sunday.

You may also send your tax-deductible donation to the Foundation by snail-mailing your contribution c/o Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Foundation, P.O. Box 973, Los Gatos, CA 95031.

Tickets are limited and all proceeds from A Taste of Los Gatos directly support the LGMSPD.

LGMSPD Tax ID is #77-0495708. Those wishing to use Pay Pal must keep a copy of their receipt to substantiate their charitable deduction. Those who choose to pay by check will receive a letter from the foundation for donations of $250 or more as proof of charitable contribution, as canceled checks will not suffice.

Jonathan Knowles September 06, 2012 at 06:45 PM
We are looking forward to having you all enjoy this amazing event. After each Taste of Los Gatos we receive over the top comments from those who attend. It's not just one of the best social events in town, it's all done for a very important cause. We hope you can join us for a truly unique experience this Sunday. Thanks for your support!
Zoe Alameda September 06, 2012 at 08:03 PM
The Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department are amazing; they go over and above their job to protect our life and property. Please come out to a fabulous once a year event to support our courageous men and women. They will have live demonstrations, shooting range, police robot and more...along with yummy food from 20 of our local restaurants along with premium local wine and beer. Get your tickets today!
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz September 06, 2012 at 09:25 PM
This should be a wonderful event to attend! Yes, I agree that the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Dept. do a Great job! Keep up the good work!
Mckenna Smith September 07, 2012 at 02:59 AM
The LGMSPD is indeed a nationally recognized department. This is money well spent, supporting the Police Foundation. I won't attend, but I'll make a donation.


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