Special Olympics Virginia gets a boost from town and state law enforcement

On Thursday, May 8, Town of Culpeper police officers and Virginia State troopers will join together at Glory Days Grill to raise money for Special Olympics Virginia.

Uniformed officers from both law enforcement agencies will serve as “Celebrity Waiters” during the “Tip-A-Cop” fund-raiser organized for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Virginia.

Culpeper police hope to have about 10 officers serving as waiters and the state police expect about six troopers and dispatchers to participate with the fund-raiser from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The officers will shadow Glory Days’ regular wait staff, assisting with providing food and beverages and attending to every customer’s needs. The officers will be seeking donations as part of the Tip-A-Cop program.

“We are not taking tips away from the wait staff,” said Culpeper Sgt. Jeff Dodson, who is spearheading the police department’s participation. “We want everyone to donate to a really good cause.”

The law enforcement personnel will provide information to customers about the Special Olympics Virginia. The Special Olympics is an international year-round program of sports training and competition for individuals with intellectual disabilities. More than 1 million athletes in more than 160 countries train and compete in 26 Olympic-type summer and winter sports, with more than 13,000 Special Olympics athletes in Virginia. There is no cost to participate in the Special Olympics.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Virginia is the largest grassroots fund-raising and public awareness vehicle for Special Olympics in the world. Each year, officers carry the Flame of Hope through the streets of their hometowns and countries and deliver it to their local, state or national Special Olympics games.

The police department will have one of its new Ford Taurus black and white police cruisers on display, and McGruff the Crime Dog will greet customers. Coloring books will also be available for kids.

The state police will display one of its new marked Tahoe units. Also, troopers will have Special Olympic T-shirts and hats for sale. T-shirts, with the state police patch and Special Olympics Torch Run logo, sell for $15 each or two for $25. Hats sell for $15 or buy one hat and one T-shirt for $25.

“This event is a wonderful way to support the Special Olympics Virginia,” said Trooper Brooks Taylor, who is heading up the state police participation. “The state police is proud to sponsor and participate in this worthwhile cause.”

Each year, law enforcement officers from throughout the state participate in Special Olympics Virginia programs, including the Torch Run. All money donated at Glory Days and received from sales of items goes to sponsoring Special Olympics Virginia programs and its athletes.

Officers and troopers will have an opportunity to interact with customers, answering questions that customers may have.

“This is a great opportunity for citizens to meet the troopers and officers who patrol our community streets and highways,” said Culpeper Police Chief Chris Jenkins. “We hope that the community will come out and support this fund-raising initiative.”

If You Go

To support Special Olympics Virginia
Thursday, May 8
4 – 9 p.m.
Glory Days Grill
15295 Montanus Drive