Charlotte Police Foundation

John Walsh Keynoted Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Foundation Luncheon

April 22, 2010

John Walsh

CHARLOTTE, NC – Anti-crime activist and host of America's Most Wanted John Walsh headlined the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Foundation Spring Luncheon on April 22, 2010 at the Hilton City Center in Charlotte, N.C. In addition, local leaders Jane and Nelson Schwab and Sergeant Dave Scheppegrell were honored at the event.

Walsh was the leading lobbying force behind the passage of the Missing Children’s Act, which resulted in the founding of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Walsh's dedication to this issue is rooted in the cruelest of tragedies – the 1981 abduction and murder of his 6-year-old son, Adam. His television program, America's Most Wanted, is the nation’s longest-running prime-time program and number-one crime-fighting show.

All expenses related to the Spring Luncheon were underwritten by the event's title sponsor, CPI Security, thereby 100% of the proceeds were returned to the Foundation to fund Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) initiatives.

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Foundation was founded in 2004 by business and civic leaders as an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that strives to strengthen the services of the CMPD and promote public safety in Charlotte.

The Foundation is dedicated to the promotion of quality policing for our community through the funding of programs and initiatives that are not funded by the present CMPD budget. In 2005, the Foundation's first project, providing approximately $150,000 to CMPD for the DNA Cold-Case Crime Lab, was made possible by Nelson and Jane Schwab, who provided the initial funding for the lab.

The Schwabs were recognized at the Luncheon for their support of the Foundation. In 2007, the Foundation donated $110,000 to pilot a program to use electronic monitoring ankle bracelets on chronic offenders awaiting trial. Seargeant Scheppegrell was honored for his contributions to the development and implementation of this program. The electronic monitoring project has since been expanded with funding by the Charlotte City Council and won two national awards last year.

"The goal of the luncheon was to bring attention to and raise funds for the Foundation, which is made up of a Board of men and women who are passionate about the advancement of community policing and public safety," said Ann Henegar, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Foundation Executive Director. "We are particularly honored that John Walsh spoke to us, sharing the message that anyone can help start positive change in our community."

For more information about the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Foundation and the Spring Luncheon, please visit or contact Executive Director Ann Henegar at or 704-332-9857.

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