Fairfax Sheriff’s Deputies Team Up with Red Robin to Raise Funds for Special Olympics

October 5, 2012

On Saturday, October 13, 2012, Fairfax County sheriff’s deputies will join law enforcement officers across the country who will serve guests at 380 Red Robin Gourmet Burgers restaurants in 39 states to raise money for Special Olympics programs. The Fairfax deputies will trade in their handcuffs and badges between 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 4-8 p.m. at the Red Robin at 13056 Fair Lakes Shopping Center to earn tips from restaurant guests to benefit Special Olympics Virginia.

Red Robin Tip-A-Cop events are part of the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) campaign in support of Special Olympics. As the largest grassroots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle for Special Olympics, LETR funds raised go directly to local programs in states or countries where the funds are generated.

"Last year, the Torch Run raised more than $42 million for Special Olympics," said Sgt. Brian Wancik, coordinator of LETR events for the Sheriff’s Office. "Approximately 86 cents of every dollar we raise goes directly to programming for the athletes."

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

For more information about the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, please contact Sgt. Brian Wancik via email or 571-238-8336 [TTY 711 for hearing impaired].

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