Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Law enforcement officers will take their oath to “serve” and protect to a new level, trading in their handcuffs and badges for menus and serving trays to assist servers at the Applebee’s across Western New York, this evening from 5 to 8.
Lockport Police and Niagara County Sheriff’s deputies will participate at the Transit Road restaurant. Applebees in Niagara Falls and in Amherst will also take part.
Donations will benefit Special Olympics New York and the Law Enforcement Torch Run. The Torch Run is part of a year-round, grassroots fundraising campaign by law enforcement agencies to benefit their local Special Olympics Program.
Law Enforcement officers will be greeting customers and helping out the wait staff at more than 30 Applebee’s locations statewide in hopes to raise thousands of dollars for the athletes of Special Olympics New York.
Special Olympics is an international year-round program of sports training and competition for individuals with intellectual disabilities. More than 55,000 athletes in New York train and compete in 22 Olympic-type summer and winter sports. There are thousands of athletes from the WNY area who participate in training clubs and competitions throughout the year.
In 2011, more than $1.5 million was raised for the athletes of Special Olympics New York through the Law Enforcement Torch Run.