Vail police hold fundraiser Tuesday for Special Olympics |

Vail police hold fundraiser Tuesday for Special Olympics

Daily staff report

VAIL – On Tuesday, officers from the Vail Police Department will be serving tables at the Ore House in Vail Village as part of a national program called “Tip-A-Cop.” Officers will use the outing to help serve the restaurants’ dining patrons and to solicit voluntary donations to support programs sponsored by the Colorado Special Olympics.

In partnering with the department’s Tip-A-Cop program, the Ore House, at 232 Bridge St., will offer entrees for 50 percent off from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. that evening.

Police Chief Dwight Henninger says the restaurant’s contribution is extremely generous.

“This is a great example of law enforcement and the private sector teaming up for a good cause,” he said. “We would encourage anyone looking for a good meal and a good cause to make their dinner plans with us.”

To make reservations, call the Ore House at 970-476-5100.

In addition to the Tip-A-Cop program, the department is active in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, which is an international series of torch relays, in which law enforcement officers carry the “Flame of Hope” for Special Olympics athletes. In Colorado, the run is more than 1,500 miles statewide and culminates at the Summer Games, where officers join the athletes in lighting the cauldron to kick off the games. The torch will pass through the Vail Valley on May 18.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is Special Olympics’ largest grassroots fundraiser and public awareness program. In 2008, this international event raised more than $34 million for the Special Olympics programs. Nearly 85,000 law enforcement officers carried the Flame of Hope around 50 states and 35 nations raising awareness and funds for the Special Olympics. Thousands more supported the runners’ efforts through additional fundraising events, such as the Tip-A-Cop program.

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