ATO’s 2020 Heroes’ Gala latest virus victim

Editorial Staff

WE ARE SAD TO REPORT THAT the annual Assist the Officer Heroes’ Gala will not be held this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

ATO officials initially thought one of the most exciting events of the calendar year could be successfully postponed until later in the summer from its original March date.

ATO cancelled the 2020 version celebrating the outstanding patrol officer and HPD investigator of the past year. The two honorees were chosen from the monthly recognitions at HPOU’s general membership meetings.

As one ATO official put it, the decision to cancel this year’s program, which included dinner and dancing at The Ballroom at Bayou Place and an overnight stay at the nearby Lancaster Hotel was reached “with a heavy heart.”

Remember, this is the ATO, the HPOU and the HPD. Never say die! We will be back early next year with even more excitement in 2021!

ATO issued the following information:

Hotel rooms under the ATO Gala Room Block at The Lancaster have automatically been canceled. If you reserved a room outside of the block or at another hotel, you are responsible for cancelling your room.

You can request a Gala ticket refund, or you can opt to keep your previously purchased ticket to avoid a 2021 Gala ticket price increase.

Contact for refund and any questions you might have.

Assist the Officer officials apologized “for any inconveniences this may cause, and we hope to see you at the March 27, 2021 Gala at The Ballroom at Bayou Place.”

Please, visit @AssistTheOfficer on Facebook for updates.

This means we will see you next year, same time, same place, with 2020 and 2021 honorees!