On Thursday, Sept. 12, from 5-8:30 p.m., law enforcement officers and local officials will participate in Applebee's "Law and Orders" fundraiser.
Law enforcement from across New York state will join staff at Applebee's restaurants to greet customers, bus tables and serve guests. In return, officers hope to collect tips from diners to benefit Special Olympics New York and the Law Enforcement Torch Run. Local officers will participate at the Lakewood Applebee's, 340 E. Fairmount Ave.
The Torch Run is a year-round, grassroots fundraising campaign by law enforcement agencies to benefit their local Special Olympics Program.
Each year, officers carry the "Flame of Hope" through the streets of their hometowns and countries and deliver it to their local, state and national Special Olympics games.
Special Olympics is an international, year-round program of sports training and competition for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Nearly 60,000 athletes in New York train and compete in 22 Olympic-type summer and winter sports. Locally, thousands of athletes from Western New York participate in training clubs and competitions throughout the year. 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.
In 2012, Applebee's raised more than $39,000 for the athletes of Special Olympics New York, and the LETR program raised more than $1 million statewide. Within the Law Enforcement Torch Run more than $42 million was raised initiative-wide.