Vail police officers sponsor Special Olympics fundraiser |

Vail police officers sponsor Special Olympics fundraiser

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Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado ” On April 29, officers from the Vail Police Department will be serving tables at Atwater on Gore Creek at the Vail Cascade Resort as part of a national program called “Tip-A-Cop.”

This event will raise funds for Colorado Special Olympics.Officers will use the outing, which begins at 5:30 p.m., to help serve the restaurant’s dining patrons and to solicit voluntary donations to support programs sponsored by the Colorado Special Olympics.

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.”

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 over 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 12.

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The Law Enforcement Torch Run is Special Olympics’ largest grassroots fundraiser and public awareness program. In 2003, this international event raised more than $15 million for the Special Olympics programs. Nearly 80,000 law enforcement officers carried the Flame of Hope around 50 states and 29 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.

For more information, call Henninger at 479-2218 or Atwater on Gore Creek Manager Greg Monjure at 479-7014.

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