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Special Olympic/Claim Jumper “Tip-a-Cop”


On Thursday, May 8th, members of the Irvine Police Department will take their oath to "serve" and protect to a new level, trading in their handcuffs and badges for menus and serving trays to assist servers at the Irvine Claim Jumper (located at the intersection of Culver and Alton, in the City of Irvine) during dinner. Donations, in the form of tips, will benefit local Special Olympics Programs and the Law Enforcement Torch Run®. The Torch Run is part of a year-round, grassroots fundraising campaign by law enforcement agencies to benefit their local Special Olympics Program. Last year, dozens of officers participated in Tip-A-Cop events held at the Claim Jumper Restaurants throughout Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada and Washington. The relationship between law enforcement officials, Claim Jumper Restaurants and Special Olympics is a wonderful example of how corporations can help the communities in which they serve.  Through the support of communities across the nation, local Special Olympics athletes will be able to continue to benefit from quality Special Olympics programs and athletic opportunities. 

All of the funds raised during this event will be used to support local athletes in attending the Special Olympics Summer Games to be held at California State University at Long Beach, June 6 - 8, 2003. 

For more information on Special Olympics, media representatives may call Shelli Henson, Special Olympic Law Enforcement Torch Coordinator at (310) 215-8380 x114.