Helping to raise funds for Special Olympics Northern California (SONC), approximately two dozen Santa Clara Police Department officers participated in a Tip-a-Cop fundraiser at Chili’s on Lawrence and El Camino in Santa Clara on March 27.
Officers and SCPD staff members replenished customers’ beverages and bussed tables. In addition to serving as “celebrity waiters,” SCPD had the D.A.R.E. Dodge Challenger at the restaurant, one of the department’s K-9 officers and canine members and the SCPD D.A.R.E. mascot.
SCPD has been involved with SONC since 1995. In addition to Tip-a-Cop events, SCPD has also participated in the Torch Run, dodgeball tournaments, the “Power Pull” at Great America and the annual Special Olympics summer games at UC Davis. Some SCPD members also participate in “Polar Plunge” events as well.
SCPD will participate in the SONC Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) on June 19. To contribute to SCPD’s LETR fundraising effort, visit http://2014torchrunnorcal.kintera.org/faf/search/searchTeamPart.asp?ievent=1098761&lis=1&kntae1098761=91CB3969A6924B939700889A2B0D9D52&team=5884785
SONC is a free, year-round sports training and competition program for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. More than 15,700 athletes compete in 154 competitions throughout the region in 12 sports. For more information about Special Olympics Northern California, visit www.sonc.org. For more information on the Torch Run and Summer Games, Visit www.TorchRunCalifornia.com and www.SummerGamesSO.com.
A Tip-a-Cop benefiting SONC is scheduled for April 6 by the San Jose Police Department at Holder’s Country Inn on 1424 Saratoga in San Jose from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.