RENO, NV (KOLO) Members of local law enforcement traded in their badges for aprons and collected "tips" as donations for Special Olympics Nevada (SONV) at the Tip-A-Cop fundraiser held at Chili's Grill & Bar locations in Reno April 30, 2019. A planned event at the Carson City location was postponed.
“All of the proceeds that we raise tonight go towards the Special Olympics, and it helps support their programs. If they wanted to do baseball or swimming or golf, if they wanted to do any type that the Special Olympics offers, and this supports their participation in the program,” Marlina Stone, a sergeant with the Reno Marshals Division, says.
About $3275 was raised Tuesday night.
Officers and Special Olympics athletes helped the serving staff and advocated for Special Olympics Nevada, which provides free year-round sports training and competitions to 3,253 children and adults with intellectual disabilities across the state.
"I love participating in Tip-A-Cop and any type of fundraisers for the Special Olympics. There's also the law enforcement torch run every year and it's just the best feeling to get out and help our athletes and see them grow and enjoy doing what they do," Stone says.
Participating agencies included the Reno Police Department, Reno Marshals Office and Storey County Sheriff's Office.
Special Olympics is law enforcement's charity of choice nationwide and agencies raised more than $200,000 for athletes in Nevada in 2018.
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