Several Reno Police officers will trade their handcuffs for menus and serving trays to wait tables and seek “tips” during lunch (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and dinner (5 to 9 p.m.) to raise funds for the Nevada Special Olympics Program at Applebee’s at 4805 Kietzke Lane.
During the course of the customer’s meal, they will partner with the regular restaurant staff to visit with the customers, talk about Nevada Special Olympics and solicit tax deductible “tips” as donations for the program that provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for more than 3,000 children and adults with developmental disabilities through a number of initiatives.
It costs about $250 to send each Special Olympics athlete to a state competition.
The tax-deductible donations for Nevada Special Olympics through “Tip-A-Cop” are not meant to replace gratuities for the hardworking restaurant servers who will team with the Reno officers during the lunch and dinner periods.
Reno police officers raised $4,100 for the Special Olympics program through the “Tip-A-Cop” program in March, raising the most donated tips in a single location in Nevada. Collectively, three restaurants in Reno, Sparks and Carson City raised $9,800 of the more than $25,000 collected through all 13 locations in Nevada. Law enforcement officers statewide participate in the program. Last year, Reno Police officers raised $3,649.81 during the October event at the Kietzke Lane location.