On Friday, Dec. 10 law enforcement officers from the Vail, Avon and Eagle police departments, Eagle County Sheriff’s Office and Colorado State Patrol will be serving tables at Lancelot Restaurant at 201 E. Gore Creek Drive in Vail as part of a national fundraising effort called “Tip-A-Cop.” Officers will help serve the restaurants’ dining patrons from 6 – 9:30 p.m. and solicit voluntary donations to support programs sponsored by the Colorado Special Olympics.
Police Chief Dwight Henninger says the restaurant’s contribution is extremely generous. “This is a great example of law enforcement and the private sector teaming up for a good cause,” he said. “We would encourage anyone looking for a good meal and a good cause to make their dinner plans with us.”
In addition to the Tip-A-Cop program, the department is active in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, which is an international series of torch relays, in which law enforcement officers carry the “Flame of Hope” for Special Olympics athletes. In Colorado, the run is over 1,500 miles statewide and culminates at the Summer Games.
Law Enforcement is Special Olympics largest grassroots fundraising organization. Nearly 85,000 law enforcement officers carried the Flame of Hope around 50 states and 35 nations raising awareness for Special Olympics and raising over $60 million. The Law Enforcement Torch Run and Tip A Cop are two of the four signature events law enforcement annually stages to raise funds and awareness for the 25,000 Special Olympics Colorado athletes.