The Ventura County Sheriff’s Foundation hosted its annual Salute to the Stars Gala on April 30th at the Westlake Hyatt Regency. The event got off to a literal bang with a live demonstration from the Bomb Squad. The 200+ attendees were then treated to an evening of silent and live auctions, a gourmet dinner, and even a K-9 presentation. Deputy Sheriff Mario Molina was honored for his exemplary community work. Proceeds from the event will benefit SWAT, the Bomb Squad, Air Unit, K-9 and the Dive Team with new equipment including tactical knives, explosive helmets, K-9 tactical vests and more. The Gala was led by VCSF Board Member Amy Fukutomi (Event Chair) and VCSO Captain Romano Bassi (Dept. Liaison), and made possible by the following sponsors: Bernzott Capital Advisors, Oxnard Lemon Co., Limoneira, Fiscus Commercial Insurance Svcs., Wells Fargo, Sun Air, Ventura Co. Deputy Sheriff’s Assoc., Ventura County Credit Union, Allied Barton Security Svcs., Rabobank, and Slaughter, Reagan & Cole, LLP.