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On September 20th and 21st from 5:00-9:00 pm, law enforcement personnel across the state are asking for your tips, but it has nothing to do with crime and everything to do with serving the public.

More than 100 law enforcement personnel will volunteer their time, hosting guests in Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bars across the state to raise awareness and tip money for Special Olympics. This is the 10th annual event for the Law Enforcement Torch Run group, which consists of volunteers from all agencies of law enforcement. The Law Enforcement Torch Run program is the largest public awareness and fundraising program for Special Olympics throughout the world.

The event will take place during the dinner shifts from 5:00 – 9:00 PM local time at Applebee’s restaurants across North Dakota in the cities of Bismarck, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Fargo, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Minot, West Fargo, and Williston. “We strive to be a good neighbor in all of our communities and with the support of area law enforcement, we can provide a wonderful fundraiser for Special Olympics North Dakota” states Dusty Jensen, Apple Core COO, the management corporation for all Applebee’s locations in North Dakota.

“We‘re thrilled to have Applebee’s and the Law Enforcement communities team up to support Special Olympics and programs for children and adults with intellectual disabilities,” says Kathleen Meagher, President/CEO of Special Olympics North Dakota. She adds, “The law enforcement volunteers through their involvement embrace the idea that people with an intellectual disability can be respected, valued, and contributing members of society and with the Applebee’s Tip a Cop program, integrate with the public to share this ideal and raise funds to support on-going opportunities for those who participate in Special Olympics.”

According to Deputy Ben Myrum, Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office, “there is a lot of excitement for this year‘s event. We have deputies, police officers, security squad folks, highway patrol officers ready to pitch in. We’ll be greeting, hosting, seating, and visiting with the customers at Applebee’s. We hope to earn even bigger tips this year, so we can really make a nice contribution to Special Olympics. We’ve all taken an oath to serve and protect our communities, and the Applebee’s Tip-a-Cop for Special Olympics is another great way for us to do that.”
Special Olympics North Dakota provides year-round programs of sports training, athletic competition, and healthy athlete initiatives for 1,500 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in North Dakota. Through work in sports, health education, and community building, Special Olympics addresses inactivity, injustice, intolerance, and social isolation by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, which leads to a more welcoming and inclusive society.

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