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The Bozeman Police Foundation is hoping you'll don some vintage clothes and take a step back in time for its inaugural Policemen's Ball this Friday night at the Baxter Hotel.

The nonprofit organization, launched late last year, raises money to support the police department and pay for public safety and crime prevention programs.

At the top of the foundation's list is buying permanent speed radars to put in school zones around Bozeman. Other programs the foundation supports include the department's Citizens Police Academy and its annual National Night Out Against Crime event.

Friday's Policemen's Ball, which runs from 7 to 11 p.m., will be the first major fundraiser for the young organization.

The 1940s-themed event is an homage to similar events Bozeman police officers held in the 1940s and 1950s to raise money for their police unions.

Bozeman Police Capt. Mark Johnson said the event will be an “old school, old style” fundraiser.

“We thought we'd do something different,” Johnson said.

The Policemen's Ball will include live music from Denny and the Resonators, appetizers from Ted's Montana Grill, a photo booth by Winslow Studio and a cash bar.

There will also be a silent auction featuring 50 items ranging from art pieces to a vacation rental on Balboa Island in California.

Tickets are $40 per person or $75 per couple. Tickets can be bought at the door or ahead of time at bozemanpolicefoundation.org.

Whitney Bermes can be reached at wbermes@dailychronicle.com or 582-2648. Follow her on Twitter at @wabermes.

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