RENO –– Reno Police officers raised $2,658 for the Nevada Special Olympics program through the Tip-A-Cop program last week at Applebee’s Grill and Bar at 4805 Kietzke Lane.
Special Olympics officials had set a goal of raising $19,000 through the annual event in which police officers wait tables and seek donations for the Special Olympics program. Thursday’s event surpassed that goal by raising about $23,000, which includes $3,026 raised at the Sparks Applebee’s and $2,800 from the North Las Vegas location.
The annual Tip-A-Cop program at Applebee’s is a unique way for Reno law enforcement officers and the restaurant to come together in a fun way to raise funds for Special Olympics.
During the course of the customer’s meal, Reno Police officers partnered with the regular restaurant staff, visited with the customers and talked about Special Olympics and ask for tax deductible “tips” as donations for the program. All donations help to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition for more than 4,000 children and adults with developmental disabilities through a number of initiatives that include athlete leadership programs, the Global Athlete Congress, family leadership and support, the Healthy Athletes program, research and schools, the Special Olympics World Games and other programs. Law enforcement officers statewide participate in the program.
“Fundraisers like Tip-A-Cop are conducted so that northern Nevada Special Olympians can compete in their summer games at no cost to them,” said Reno Police Officer Colleen Guilford, who coordinated Reno police participation in the event.