Archived News Release from 2008
For Immediate Release
Redwood City Police Wait Tables to Raise Funds for Special Olympics of Northern California
Redwood City, CA - March 24, 2008 - Members of the Redwood City Police Department have long-championed the Special Olympics, which creates positive and enduring change in the lives of people with disabilities. On Thursday, March 27th, 2008 from 5 to 9 pm at Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill, 1135 Veterans Boulevard in Redwood City, personnel from the Redwood City’s Police Department will be waiting tables to benefit Special Olympics Northern California. Law enforcement officers will trade in their handcuffs and badges for menus and serving trays to assist Applebee’s wait staff during dinner, with all of their tips going directly to the Special Olympics.
Applebee’s and the Redwood City Police Department invite the community to enjoy a hearty meal in a fun, family atmosphere, and make a donation to the Special Olympics through a tip for the fine service that will be provided by Redwood City Police staff. Tip-A-Cop is a fun-filled event that bonds the community and develops partnerships, all for a worthy cause. Partnering with Applebee’s, law enforcement personnel willteam with regular wait staff of the restaurant to serve tables. During the course of their duties, they will share information with customers about the Tip-a-Cop event and Special Olympics, and solicit “tips” as donations for Special Olympics. Proceeds from the Tip-a-Cop event assist in allowing Special Olympics Northern California to provide year-round sports training and competition to children and adults with developmental disabilities at no cost to them or their families.
The Special Olympics is a grass-roots movement that provides sports training and athlete competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities through more than 200 Programs in 150 countries around the world. Children and adults with intellectual disabilities who participate in Special Olympics develop improved physical fitness and motor skills, greater self-confidence and a more positive self-image. They grow mentally, socially and spiritually and, through their activities, exhibit boundless courage and enthusiasm, enjoy the rewards of friendship and ultimately discover not only new abilities and talents but "their voices" as well. The Special Olympics of Northern California program website is located at www.sonc.org.
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Officer Val Cook
Redwood City Police Department