Police events to raise money for Special Olympics

Palo Alto 'Tip a Cop' and Torch Run are scheduled for June 15 and 16

Trading in their handcuffs and badges for serving trays and breadbaskets, Palo Alto police will raise awareness and funds for local Special Olympics athletes on June 15, and will take part in a special law-enforcement torch run on June 16.

Police officers will wait tables at the Olive Garden restaurant at 2515 El Camino Real, Palo Alto from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Officers earn "tips" for the Special Olympics. Members of the SWAT, K-9 and traffic team will also provide equipment demonstrations in the parking lot while patrons wait to be seated.

On June 16, Palo Alto police will participate in the Special Olympic Torch Run from Mountain View to Menlo Park. Officers will pick up the torch from arriving Mountain View/Los Altos police and will run to Menlo Park, where they will hand off the torch to Menlo Park officers.

A motorcade will escort Special Olympics athletes and the "Flame of Hope," the official Special Olympics torch, from Mountain View to Menlo Park.

The Torch Run will continue to the University of California at Davis in time for the opening ceremonies of the 2011 Special Olympics Northern California Summer Games.

Proceeds from the Tip a Cop event help provide year-round free sports training and competition to children and adults with disabilities. Donations are tax deductible and all money goes to Special Olympics.

More information on The Special Olympics of Northern California program is available at

WHAT: Tip a Cop and Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run

WHEN: Tip a Cop: June 15, 4 to 8:30 p.m.; Torch Run: June 16, begins approximately 3:40 p.m. and ends at 4:20 p.m.(time varies)

WHERE: Tip a Cop meets at Olive Garden, 2515 El Camino Real, Palo Alto; Torch Run begins at El Camino Real and Cesano Court. The torch will be escorted northbound on El Camino Real to Menlo Park at El Camino Ballpark.

CONTACT: For Tip a Cop, call Olive Garden, 650-326-5673

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 13, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Sorry, you'd have to pay *me* to eat at Olive Garden. But hey, I hope they make a lotta $$ for Special Olympics.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Community Center
on Jun 14, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Anybody know if the police volunteer their hours, or are they getting paid to do this. I hope they are volunteering. My guess is that they could accumulate a lot more funds by just donating the salary $'s instead of trying to collect tips. Not to mention all the police administrative work and time spent setting this up. It probably is part of the police community outreach program.

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Posted by Jeff
a resident of Esther Clark Park
on Jun 14, 2011 at 6:51 pm

I'm almost 100% positive it is all volunteer time.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 14, 2011 at 8:58 pm

The officer's time is volunteered. Donating salary is not visible. This way the Special Olympics receives a lot of free advertising.

If you don't want to eat at the Olive Garden, google Special Olympics of Northern California and find out how to donate - even $5 would help.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 14, 2011 at 9:17 pm

Yes, I've gone to these events at much better restaurants in my county. It's a worthwhile thing to do. Of course the cops donate their time & I know a lot of officers who've done so in San Mateo County. One of the only times you can give a cop some $$ & not get into trouble for it ;-)

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Posted by annoyed
a resident of another community
on Jun 14, 2011 at 10:55 pm

Resident. Pull the stick out of your ass. They do it on their own time.

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