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Police to Wait Tables at Roberto's for Tip-A-Cop Fundraiser Friday

Proceeds will benefit Special Olympics Connecticut and its athletes.

Monroe Police officers will don aprons and work alongside Roberto's Restaurant employees Friday, taking orders and serving meals to patrons for the evening. Dinner guests may leave tips for the officer who served them and all of the money will go to a good cause.

The Tip-A-Cop fundraiser will benefit Special Olympics Connecticut athletes in their year-round sports training and to further the Special Olympics mission of inspiring inclusion, respect and acceptance for individuals of all abilities.

The event will run from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday at the restaurant, located at 505 Main Street.

For information, call (203) 380-9990 or visit www.soct.org.

Torch Run

The Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics Connecticut is one of the movement's largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicles. This year-round program involves law enforcement officers from across the state who volunteer their time to raise awareness and funds through events including Tip-a-Cops, Cop-on-Tops, and Jail N’ Bails. In 2011, the Torch Run raised over $500,000 for Special Olympics Connecticut.

In addition, on June 6, 7 and 8, 2012, over 1,500 officers and athletes will carry the Special Olympics "Flame of Hope" - as they do every year - through hundreds of cities and towns across the state, covering over 530 miles. The runners will reach Southern Connecticut State University where they’ll be part of Opening Ceremonies for the Special Olympics Connecticut Summer Games, June 8-10, 2012.

Law Enforcement Torch Run Sponsors: Whelen Engineering, Dream Ride 2012, Adams Hometown Markets / IGA Hometown Supermarkets, and JN Phillips Auto Glass.

Special Olympics Connecticut

Special Olympics Connecticut provides year-round sports training and competitions for more than 13,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities and Unified Partners (their teammates without disabilities). Through a myriad of initiatives throughout the state and the world, Special Olympics is a movement that’s changing attitudes and changing lives by inspiring inclusion, understanding and respect for people of all abilities, in all aspects of life. (www.soct.org)

Partner Sponsors: Adams Hometown Markets/IGA Hometown Supermarkets, Connecticut Light & Power/Yankee Gas/ Western Massachusetts Electric (Northeast Utilities Companies), Law Enforcement Torch Run, NBC Connecticut, TD Bank, and United Technologies.

Year-Round Sponsors: Adams Hometown Markets/IGA Hometown Supermarkets, The Coca-Cola Bottling Company of New England, Crystal Rock Water and Coffee Company, Graebel Van Lines, Guida’s Dairy, Marcus Communications, State of Connecticut Judicial Branch Community Service and Worx Branding & Advertising.

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