LSPD put on their aprons to serve the communityTips collected to help support Special Olympics BY PAM STEVENS | EDITOR The Red Robin restaurant in Marysville was rockin’ last Saturday with law enforcement officers from Lake Stevens, Arlington and Marysville waiting tables, serving drinks and refilling French fry baskets all in an effort to help support the Special Olympics Washington.
“Tip-A-Cop” is an official fundraiser for the Law Enforcement Torch Run Campaign that is the largest grassroots fundraising effort for Special Olympics where law enforcement personnel organize a variety ofcommunity events and awareness for Special Olympics and this was just one of many of those fundraisers.
The Lake Stevens community came out in droves to help support their local police and the Special Olympics. They were not disappointed in the service and conversation given them by the Lake Stevens Police force and most got a personal visit from the
Police Chief Randy Celori.
Celori explained that this is the second year that the Lake Stevens Police have been involved in the Special Olympics fundraiser and it is a cause that is near and dear to his heart.
“While I was growing up I was aware of Special Olympics,” he said. “Seeing the smiles when the kids compete and giving them the opportunity to compete just like other athletes in very rewarding.”
Lake Stevens had over 20 volunteers from the Chief to Commander Lauritzen, Sergeants, officers, the explorers and their families all taking part in this event.
Alex, an 11-year-old “customer” of Chief Cerlori thought the whole idea was awesome and enjoyed having the Chief and Mayor Vern Little stop by his table and reload his fry basket for him.
“It’s really cool that the police donate their time just for the kids,” he said.
As officers stood outside on that beautiful and warm spring day, they greeted customers, posed for photo opps and talked about the importance of supporting Special Olympics.
“It’s a worthy cause to give back to,” Officer Holmes said. “It gives the kids something to cherish for the rest of their lives.”
“C’mon, it’s the Special Olympics,” Officer Jim Barnes said. “And I love talking to the people.”
“The end result is the kids. That’s what it’s all about,” Sergeant Summers added.
Watch for other opportunities to help the LSPD raise funds to support Special Olympics Washington.