PLATTSBURGH - Law enforcement officers will take their oath to "serve" and protect to a new level Wednesday, June 8, trading in their handcuffs and badges for menus and serving trays to assist servers at Applebee's.
Donations from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. will benefit the more than 51,000 athletes of Special Olympics New York. The U.S. Border Patrol, Clinton County Sheriff's Department, New York State Police, City of Plattsburgh Police Department, Clinton County District Attorney's Office, Customs and Border Protection, CBP Air Marine Division and Federal Protective Services will all be participating in this unique fundraising event.
Law enforcement will be on hand at the Applebee's, 80 Centre St., and will be greeting customers and helping out the waitstaff. Throughout the year, officers from hundreds of agencies will be in action at more than 30 Applebee's locations statewide in hopes to raise thousands of dollars for the athletes of Special Olympics New York.
Special Olympics is an international year-round program of sports training and competition for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Athletes in New York train and compete in 22 Olympic-type summer and winter sports. Special Olympics provides people with intellectual disabilities continuing opportunities to develop fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience joy as they participate in the sharing of gifts and friendship with other athletes, their families and the community. There is no cost to participate in Special Olympics.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics is the largest fund-raising and public-awareness vehicle for Special Olympics in the world. Each year officers carry the Flame of Hope through the streets of their hometowns and countries and deliver it to their local, state, or national Special Olympics Games. This years' state games will be held on June 10th and 11th in Utica.
In 2010, more than $1 million was raised for the athletes of Special Olympics New York through the Law Enforcement Torch Run and more than $36 million was raised initiative-wide.