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By: Sharon Aron Baron
Coral Springs Police held the “Tip A Cop” fundraiser last week at a local restaurant to help ensure the Special Olympics games across Broward County are a success.
More than $1,700 was raised in “tip donations” at the event held at Wings Plus restaurant, with owner Brian Walsh making an additional donation of $500. The event brought together Special Olympians, Police Chief Tony Pustizzi as well as police personnel, to assist wait staff and request donations to the Special Olympics of Broward County. Hundreds of people, including city officials, staff and residents, showed up to support this special cause.
The City of Coral Springs will be hosting the Broward County Special Olympics Games on Saturday, March 15 at 9:30 a.m. at Coral Springs High School. This event welcomes a few hundred athletes from Broward area elementary, middle and high schools to participate in 12 different track and field events.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) to benefit Special Olympics is one of the largest grassroots fundraising efforts coordinated directly by law enforcement personnel and its sole purpose is to increase awareness and raise funds for the Special Olympics movement. On May 1, law enforcement personnel from across Broward County will participate in a run that extends from Hallandale Beach to Lighthouse Point. The Coral Springs Police Department is proud to participate in LETR and fundraising opportunities.
In addition to the Tip A Cop fundraiser, the Coral Springs Police are selling t-shirts, hats and raffle tickets for a NASCAR experience.
“The funds raised by officers help support Special Olympians from across Broward County so they can participate in county and state-wide games – building confidence and self-esteem,” Community Involvement Coordinator Lynne Martzall said.
According to the Special Olympics program, its mission 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 Olympic athletes and the community.
Would you like to buy items or a raffle ticket from Coral Springs Police to help these Special Olympians? Contact Lynne Martzall at 954.344.1833 or e-mail Lmartzall@coralsprings.org