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Applebee’s Teams Up with Sheriffs Department to Raise Money for Special Olympics

Monday, March 22, 2004 12:01 AM

For Immediate Release:

On Wednesday, March 24, local Law Enforcement Professionals will replace handcuffs and badges with serving trays and menus as part of a “Tip-A-Cop” fundraiser when Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill teams up with the Sutter County Sheriff’s Department to benefit Special Olympics athletes in Sutter County. “Celebrity Waiters” from the Sheriff’s Department will assist Applebee’s wait staff, serving lunch from 11:00 – 2:00 and dinner from 5:30 – 8:30 pm in hopes of earning an extra “tip” to benefit local Special Olympics athletes. Applebee’s is located at 1000 Tharp Road in Yuba City.

“Tip-A-Cop” is part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics - a year-round fundraising effort organized and managed by local law enforcement personnel from Federal, Military, State, County and Local agencies. Funds are raised throughout the year through a variety of events. In June, hundreds of law enforcement personnel carry the Flame of Hope through over 30 counties, culminating at the Opening Ceremonies of the Summer Games in Stockton. The Law Enforcement Torch Run is now the largest grass-roots fundraising program and public awareness vehicle for Special Olympics and the single largest supporter of the annual Special Olympics Northern California Summer Games.

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with developmental disabilities by giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Special Olympics programs are free to all eligible athletes ages 8 and older. Special Olympics receives no federal funding - financial support comes almost exclusively from generous individuals, corporations, foundations & organizations. All funds raised through the Tip-A-Cop program directly benefit athletes in the county in which the funds are raised.

Contact Person and Telephone Numbers:

Captain Paul Parker
Sutter County Sheriff’s Dept
(530) 822-7307
[email protected]

Laurie Gagnon, Development ManagerSpecial Olympics Northern California, Northeast Region
(916) 920-2950 x 26
[email protected]

Jim Denney

Captain J. Paul Parker
Commander - Patrol Division

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