Law Enforcement Officers Team Up with Joe's Crab Shack to Raise Funds for Special Olympics

Jul 16, 2013, 09:19 ET from Special Olympics Georgia

Officers to wait on guests at Joe's Crab Shack restaurants during one-day Tip-A-Cop event

ATLANTA, July 16, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- If you have ever dreamt about having your local police officers wait on you, now is your chance! Joe's Crab Shack, Special Olympics and law enforcement officers in cities across the country will be serving guests at Joe's Crab Shack® restaurants Thursday, July 18 to raise money for Special Olympics Programs through in-restaurant Tip-A-Cop® events.

At five Joe's Crab Shack restaurants in Georgia, law enforcement officers will trade in their handcuffs and badges between 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 4-8 p.m. to earn tips from restaurant guests to benefit their local Special Olympics Program. Present this flyer at one of the five locations and a portion of your bill will benefit the cause!

Visit any of the five Georgia restaurants and show your support!
Morrow – 1965 Mount Zion Rd., Morrow, GA 3060
Duluth – 1590 Pleasant Hill Rd., Duluth, GA 30096
Stone Mountain – 4300 Stone Mountain Hwy., Lilburn, GA 30047
Kennesaw – 2501 Cobb Place Blvd., Kennesaw, GA 30144
Douglasville – 2868 Chapel Hill Rd., Douglasville, GA 30135

Tip-A-Cop is part of the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) campaign in support of Special Olympics. LETR, which includes an international series of relay runs and special events like Tip-A-Cop, is supported by more than 85,000 law enforcement officers worldwide who help raise money and public awareness for 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.

About LETR
Celebrating its 32nd Anniversary in 2013, the Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) for Special Olympics is the movement's largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle, encompassing a variety of events including Torch Runs, Polar Plunge® events and the World's Largest Truck Convoy® fundraiser. More than 100,000 international law enforcement officers have carried the Flame of Hope™ to the Opening Ceremonies of local and state/provincial Special Olympics competitions and Games, and Special Olympics World Summer or Winter Games. The LETR is now present in all 50 U.S. states, 12 Canadian provinces and 48 nations around the world. In 2012, the LETR raised more than $42 million for Special Olympics Programs around the world and has raised more than $410 million since its inception in 1981.

About Special Olympics Georgia
Special Olympics Georgia provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Our goal is to help bring persons with intellectual disabilities into the larger society under conditions whereby they are accepted, respected, and given the chance to become useful and productive citizens. When we achieve this goal through our sports program, we demonstrate that Special Olympics has a unique value: to show the world that every person counts and that every person can be something good when we work together. Special Olympics Georgia invests in people with intellectual disabilities, helping them to develop athletic skills, while also promoting the abilities of the athletes off the field. When our athletes succeed, attitudes change, communities develop, health and self-esteem are built, and the eyes of the world are focused on all that is good and hopeful and positive. Athletes gain skills for employment, learn independent living skills, form relationships and help others understand their extraordinary capabilities despite health issues they experience daily. Twenty-four different sports are offered for athletes to experience. Athletes ranging from age eight through senior participate in Special Olympics, gaining life skills and confidence in their athletic ability. Athletes ages 2-7 may also now participate via our Young Athletes (TM) program. SOGA is truly a grassroots effort. Only through a volunteer base of more than 25,000 are we able to fulfill our mission in serving our athletes and continue to grow.

SOURCE Special Olympics Georgia