Tip-a-Cop for Special Olympics
In life, great things happen that benefit others. In Oro Valley, Arizona, patrons at El Charro Café were presented with an opportunity to make a great thing happen during a Tip-A-Cop event.
On August16, troopers teamed up with officers from the Oro Valley Police Department, and became waiters/waitresses for an evening at the El Charro Café. They served meals, filled glasses, cleaned tables, and donated their tips, doing their part to support Special Olympics.
And they did great!! In three, hours troopers and officers raised $1,781.00 for Special Olympics.
Special Olympics, founded in 1968, is the world’s largest sports organization for people, both young and old, with handicaps. The organization provides training and the opportunity to compete to over 5 million participants worldwide. In fact, there is a Special Olympics competition somewhere in the world every day. To provide funds for these types of opportunities, fund raisers are held throughout the world.
The department has a long-standing partnership with Special Olympics in Arizona. During the spring, AZDPS hosts the Barbecue for Champions, that is an employee and community favorite. Additionally, every year employees participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run. These events, along with many more, raise funds and show the department’s continuous support of Special Olympics.
Participating from the Department were:
- Major Walter Mercer
- Captain Benjamin Buller
- Trooper Michael Diaz
- Trooper Johnathan Barneau
- Trooper Christopher Navar
- Pilot Steven Basler