Tip-A-Cop raises $3,754 for Special Olympics

A deputy serves a customer with a smile.

Yucaipa Police Department teamed up with Special Olympics Southern California for Tip-a-Cop, a fundraiser to support athletes with intellectual disabilities, at American Road Trip Bar & Grill on the evening of June 12.

Police officers served as waiters and waitresses in the restaurant, and all of the tips they received were donated to Special Olympics. According to Abbey Leffler, Special Olympics Regional Director of the Inland Empire Region, 10 athletes participated along with law enforcement officers, and Special Olympics received $3,138 in tips that night. American Road Trip donated an additional $616, making the total $3,754.

“There’s a bond between the police force and special needs athletes,” said Lieutenant James Porter. Porter said he enjoyed his “new job” as a host and was glad to help with the fundraiser. The athletes also enjoyed working alongside their heroes.

“They love the recognition and working with the police,” said Amy Swanston, local coordinator of Special Olympics, referring to the athletes. “This gives them a great opportunity to show off.”

T-shirts with logos for the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run were also available. According to Swanston, the Torch Run finished last month, thankfully before the intense heat wave hit the state. Swanston mentioned that the Torch Run is a trail that goes through Southern California, starting in Chula Vista and ending in Long Beach.

Tip-a-Cop is a national event that has been held at restaurants such as Red Robin, Claim Jumper, and Chili’s in the past. Visit sosc.org for more information. A calendar of future Tip-a-Cop events and locations is also available on the website.

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