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Police work as servers Sept. 22 to benefit Special Olympics Oregon

Lake Oswego police officers will trade in their handcuffs and badges for aprons and menus this evening, when they will donate time while earning tips to benefit Special Olympics Oregon.

The 'Tip-A-Cop' fundraiser will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. tonight at the Applebee's Restaurant on Meadows Road.

During the event, officers will act as 'Celebrity Waiters,' collecting tips from restaurant guests. The goal of this year's benefit is to raise $30,000 statewide.

'Tip-A-Cop' is an official Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) fundraising event. The Oregon LETR campaign is a series of special events and torch relay runs organized by off-duty law enforcement representatives to raise money and public awareness for Special Olympics. The campaign has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars yearly for local Special Olympics athletes. More than 1,000 individuals from more than 80 different agencies participate, including chiefs, sheriffs, officers, sheriff's deputies, agents and other personnel from virtually every branch of federal, state, county and municipal law enforcement.

'On behalf of Special Olympics Oregon, we would like to thank local law enforcement and Applebee's for their great support,' said Margie Hunt, chief executive of Special Olympics Oregon. 'Efforts like these make it possible for us to continue to provide our athletes with high-quality sports training programs and competition at no cost to them or their families.'

This year's 'Tip-A-Cop' event will take place at 21 Applebee's locations in Oregon. For more information about the 'Tip-A-Cop' event, go to www.soor.org.