Boots, Badges & Bids

The 2015 Boots, Badges & Bids fundraiser drew attendees supporting the Louisville Metro Police Foundation, a nonprofit organization that funds programs and equipment for local police and aids officers and their families in need of support. Matt and Fran Thornton hosted one of the parties of the year, at their house on the Ohio River, with entertainment coming from Burning Las Vegas. Guests enjoyed a mechanical bull as well as live and silent auctions.

Photos by BILL WINE | Contributing Photographer

Several bars were located at the event venue.Boots, Badges and Bids 2015.Boots, Badges and Bids 2015.Boots, Badges and Bids 2015.Henry and Edwin Hopson.Shannon Cogan, host Fran Thornton and Viki Diaz.Event hosts Fran and Matt Thornton.Kendall and Shannon Cogan, hosts Matt and Fran Thornton, Ghislain d’Humières, Viki Diaz, Nicholas Raudertas, Paul Diaz.Christy and Matt Brotzge.Jill Wood and Brian Patton.Toni Westbay and Steve Loftis.Boots, Badges and Bids 2015.Jane and Edwin Hopson.Christe and Randy Coe.Doug and Annette Sweeney.A beautiful evening added to the event.Rita Ellis, Lindsey Miller and Sandy Collins.Jim Ellis and Michelle Cheek.Julie Kelley, Terri Albert, Denise Spalding, Jennifer Eberle and Robin Szczapinski.Boots, Badges and Bids 2015.Joe Dulworth and Shanna Alder.Marshall and Heather Farrer, and Jeannine and John Hayes.Jefferson County County Clerk David Nicholson, Lindsey Miller, Deborah Nicholson. Steppi and Martin Walters.Silent auction items included a hot air balloon ride for two.Boots, Badges and Bids 2015.Boots, Badges and Bids 2015.Red velvet cake was served.Guests bowed their heads in prayer during the pre-dinner blessing.Boots, Badges and Bids 2015.Chief of Police Steve Conrad and Joan Conrad.Teresa Hemm selected her main entrée.Boots, Badges and Bids 2015.Erica Shireman and Jessica Bisinger.Boots, Badges and Bids 2015.Craig Stevenson, Shannon and Kendall Cogan, Molly Webber and Jimmy King.Executive Director Barry Denton spoke prior to the live auction portion of the program.Executive Director Barry Denton, left, and host Matt Thornton, right, both listened as host Fran Thornton talked.Hosts Fran and Matt Thornton listened to Executive Director Barry Denton, not shown.Host Matt Thornton awarded a check for $10,000 to the  Louisville Metro Police Foundation as Chief of Police Steve Conrad accepted the donation.Host Fran Thornton laughed during the program.Chief of Police Steve Conrad said a few words on behalf of the Louisville Metro Police Foundation after receiving a $10.000 donation from Thorntons.Sgt. Scotty Frank and Kyra.Boots, Badges and Bids 2015.Boots, Badges and Bids 2015.Boots, Badges and Bids 2015.Alex Alvarez smiled as he rode the mechanical  bull.The event auctioneer was Rick Wardlow with Wardlow Auctions,Inc.Heather Harris demonstrated her mechanical bull riding skills.Greg Braun stayed focused as he rode the mechanical bull.Crystal Burks demonstrated her mechanical bull riding skills.Gail Schell, Beth Harrison and David Green.Rick Sanders, Vicky and Rick Weber.Gail Schell smiled as she enjoyed a ride on a tree swing.Julia and Bill Carstanjen.Boots, Badges and Bids 2015.Craig Stevenson and Tracey Blue.Craig Stevenson and Tracey Blue.Brian DuNard played the guitar.Burning Las Vegas provided the musical entertainment.Burning Las Vegas provided the musical entertainment.Dancing was enjoyed by many.Burning Las Vegas provided the musical entertainment.Dancing was enjoyed by many.The guests danced and smiled after dinner was served.Dancing was enjoyed by many.Guests danced to the sounds of Burning Las Vegas.Burning Las Vegas provided the musical entertainment.Guests danced to the sounds of Burning Las Vegas.The dance floor quickly became the place to be following dinner.Burning Las Vegas provided the musical entertainment.Boots, Badges and Bids 2015.Boots, Badges and Bids 2015.Boots, Badges and Bids 2015.