Enjoy an evening of celebration and honor our local law enforcement officers at Bank The Blue’s inaugural fundraising event. Join us for live music, entertainment, guest speakers, chef prepared cuisine, live auction and more! Fundraising proceeds will directly support mental health awareness, training, and resources for our local heroes.
6:00 PM -7:00 PM
7:00 PM – 7:30 PM
CPD Honor Guard
CPD Pipes & Drums
National Anthem sung by Wayne Messmer
Welcome address by Masters of Ceremonies FOX 32 Anchor Anita Padilla and Sports Anchor Lou Canellis
7:30 PM -9:00 PM
Dinner , Speakers, LIVE Dance Performance
Valet service will be available for on-site parking.
Self-park options available at Lincoln Park Zoo or Diversey Harbor lots, both located at Cannon and Fullerton.
Street parking on Cannon Drive just north of Fullerton.
Stephanie Samuels, MA, MSW, LCSW
The Counseling and Critical Incident Debriefing Center, LLC
Founder/Director COPLINE, Inc.
Stephanie Samuels is a psychotherapist who works exclusively with police officers. Ms. Samuels has lectured all over the country on PTSD and vicarious trauma, including undiagnosed PTSD and the fallout from departmental silence after officers are involved in critical incidents. She is the Founder and President of COPLINE, Inc., the first Confidential National Law Enforcement Officers’ Hotline in the country manned by retired officers. She is also the general partner of The Counseling and Critical Incident Debriefing Center, LLC, which specializes in debriefing and long term counseling of first responders and their families. She taught at the Monmouth County Police Academy for 16 years and has been a guest lecturer at The FBI Academy in Quantico.
Dr. Robin Kroll, PsyD, ABPP, BCIA
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Board Certified Police and Public Safety Psychologist
Bank The Blue's Lead Clinician
Dr. Robin Kroll is a Clinical Psychologist in independent practice with offices that serve
Chicago as well as suburbs in Cook and Lake Counties. She has a special concentration in law enforcement, addiction and trauma, neurofeedback, clinical hypnosis, and EMDR.
Board Certified in Police and Public Psychology, She works with police officers and other
first responders in individual, group, and family settings for issues related to addiction, mood disorders, family and work-related matters, critical incidents and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. She is also experienced in fitness-for-duty evaluations and assessments, police arbitration, and expert testimony.
Dr. Terry Lynn McCormick, PsyD
Clinical Psychology Fellow
Clinician for Bank The Blue
Dr. Terry McCormick is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Certified Clinician for Bank The Blue. She has over 30 years of experience working within the criminal justice system, both in the fields of law enforcement and clinical psychology. With a theoretical approach to treatment based in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dr. McCormick has extensive training in addressing trauma that is unique to first responders. She has over 15 years of experience as a law enforcement officer for both the U.S. Marshals Service and Cook County Forest Preserve Police Department.
Keith Thornton Jr.
Chicago Police Department Dispatcher
Keith A. Thornton Jr. takes pride in being a proud Gay, Black American man who passionately cares about all people. A Chicago native born on the Westside of Chicago, Keith is best known for his hard work and dedication within the field of public safety having served in every capacity.
For more than 15 years, and starting at the age of nine, Keith served as a volunteer firefighter assisting at fires, special rescues, and medical emergency calls with the Chicago Fire Department while simultaneously working in the private sector of 9-1-1 ambulances as anationally certified Emergency Medical Technician and field trainer to new hires.
In 2012, Keith relocated to California and graduated at the top of his Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) academy class of 88 recruits. As class president, he was given the opportunity to work at any station within the affluent areas of Los Angeles. Keith still chose South Central, where he was a highly dedicated and decorated police officer specializing in gangs, narcotics, and undercover vice operations while still being committed on and off-duty to community policing.
Keith took a position in 2018 with Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications Center as a 9-1-1 Police Communications Operator II. He is known throughout the city by most police officers as he is a citywide relief dispatcher who bounces from zone to zone, covering single neighborhoods, communities, and police districts throughout the city.
In his personal life, Keith is a mentor with the iMentor program where he voluntarily teaches at-risk youth attending Chicago Public Schools in low-income areas. It’s common to find Keith throughout the city after hours as he is contacted by first responders during dire situations where his skills in peer support and crisis negotiation has come into play in terms of mental illness. He is the founder of #HealChicago, a new movement created, to help revitalize distressed neighborhoods within Chicago and empower community spirit.