This Saturday, members of the Bellevue Police Department will trade in their handcuffs for aprons to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Washington.
During this “Tip-A-Cop” event, volunteers will be stationed in the Red Robin restaurant at Bellevue Square Mall from 11:00am-2:00pm and 5:00pm-9:00pm serving patrons and accepting contributions from restaurant guests.
All of the event’s proceeds will remain in the area to benefit the local athletes of Special Olympics within King County who participate in Special Olympics Washington programming at no cost to themselves or their families. The effort is comprised of personnel from numerous law enforcement agencies across the state of Washington, with a goal of collecting $100,000 throughout the state over the weekend.
Can’t make it to your local Red Robin? You can still contribute to this event and Special Olympics Washington online: impact.sowa.org/redrobintipacop
About Special Olympics Washington
For more than four decades, Special Olympics has been bringing one message to the world- that people with intellectual disabilities can and will succeed if given the opportunity. The mission remains as vital today as it did when the movement was founded in 1968, unleashing the human spirit through the transformative power of year round sport training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Every day, Special Olympics Washington empowers over 17,000 athletes to shatter stereotypes and exceed their personal bests on the playing field and in life.
About the Law Enforcement Torch Run Campaign
The Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics is the movement’s largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle. At its most basic level, the Torch Run is an actual running event, in which officers and athletes run the Flame of Hope™ to the Opening Ceremonies of local Special Olympics competitions and State and National Games. The Torch Run also encompasses a variety of fundraising efforts. Annually, more than 2,500 members of law enforcement participate in the torch run throughout Washington, raising more than $500,000 for local Special Olympics programs.