Corpus Christi Police Raise Funds For Special Olympics

Corpus Christi Police Officer Billy Browning talks with customer Amber Schkade about how she can help the Special Olympics

Occurred Thursday, July 26, 2012, 2029 South Padre Island Drive

Local Law Enforcement participated in the statewide “Tip-A-Cop” annual fundraiser Thursday night at the Texas Roadhouse in Corpus Christi to raise funds for the Special Olympics Texas athletes.

Corpus Christi Police Officers greeted customers then served water and tea. The officers volunteered their time to talk to the customers at the Texas Roadhouse about the Olympics. All the tips earned by the officers were donated to help special needs athletes for the Special Olympics.

Alice Fulton-Garza is the area director for the Special Olympics South Texas Area-2 and she was on site to coordinate the athletes and volunteer officers that participated in the Thursday fundraising event. Volunteers are considered the lifeline of the Special Olympics Texas program. More than 47,000 volunteers in Texas currently dedicate their time to Special Olympics. These volunteers serve as coaches, officials, committee members, competition assistants, speech coaches and much more.

Special Olympics Texas is a registered 501(c)(3), non-profit organization supported by private donations from individuals, corporations and organizations throughout the state. The funding supports year round training and competitions for 32,240 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Texas.

Anyone interested to get involved with Special Olympics Texas can contact the organization at 1-800-876-JOIN or http://www.specialolympicstexas.org.

Special Olympics volunteer coordinator Kathryn Pattillo holds a Law Enforcement Torch Run t-shirt for sale at the fundraiser at the Texas Roadhouse
These envelopes were distributed for the “Tip A Cop” event Thursday