Vail Valley police agencies will hold April 9 ‘Tip-A-Cop’ benefit for Special Olympics; May 18 Torch Run | VailDaily.com

Vail Valley police agencies will hold April 9 ‘Tip-A-Cop’ benefit for Special Olympics; May 18 Torch Run

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VAIL — On April 9, law enforcement officers from the Vail, Avon and Eagle police departments, Eagle County Sheriff’s Office and Colorado State Patrol will be serving tables at the Bully Ranch at the Sonnenalp in Vail as part of a national program called “Tip-A-Cop” to raise funds for Colorado Special Olympics. Officers will use the outing to help serve the restaurants’ dining patrons and to solicit donations to support programs sponsored by the Colorado Special Olympics.

In partnering with the Police Department’s Tip-A-Cop program, the Bully Ranch at 20 Vail Road will be serving from 5 to 9 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,” Henninger said. “We would encourage anyone looking for a good meal and a good cause to make their dinner plans with us.” 

Co-owner Sebastian Faessler says the Sonnenalp is thrilled to host the Special Olympics Tip-A-Cop at the Bully Ranch. “The Sonnenalp prides itself on contributing to and being a part of the local community; we’re honored to help contribute to a great cause such as this,” he said.

In addition to the Tip-A-Cop program, the local police are active in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, 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 held in Grand Junction at Colorado Mesa University June 8-10, where officers join the athletes at the opening ceremonies.  The torch will pass through the Vail Valley on May 18.

Law enforcement is Special Olympics’ largest grassroots fundraising organization. Nearly 85,000 law enforcement officers carried the Flame of Hope around 50 states and 35 nations raising awareness for Special Olympics and raising over $58 million. The Law Enforcement Torch Run and Tip-A-Cop are two of the four signature events law enforcement annually stage to raise funds and awareness for the 25,000 Special Olympics Colorado athletes. In the past month, law enforcement has staged six Polar Plunges, with the Avon Plunge occurring Saturday, March 30.

For more information email Henninger, dhenninger@vailgov.com