By Eric Stevick Herald Writer
EDMONDS — Washington Special Olympics athletes are getting some help from local police.
Police and support staff from the Edmonds, Bothell, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace and Mukilteo police departments as well as two corrections deputies from the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office last week raised $3,000 for the Special Olympics programs.
They did so by waiting tables during an annual “Tip-A-Cop” fundraiser at Claim Jumper Restaurant in the Alderwood mall.
The money raised goes toward putting on the games and buying the medals, uniforms and transportation to the regional and national games for the athletes, Edmonds police Sgt. Mark Marsh said.
Marsh, a 30-year veteran of the Edmonds department, has been involved in supporting Special Olympics since 1986 either through the Tip-A-Cop program and a law enforcement torch run.
He was encouraged by last week’s donations, which raised about $1,000 more than a year ago.
More officers also participated. Under the fundraising effort, off-duty police officers wait tables and the money is turned over to Special Olympics for athletes with developmental disabilities.
“It was a terrific time and certainly we all came away with a greater appreciation for the wait staff of Claim Jumper’s and all restaurant servers,” Marsh said.
In Washington, more than 7,000 athletes participate in Special Olympics activities. Worldwide, more than 1.7 million athletes are involved in Special Olympics programs in 150 countries.
Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446; firstname.lastname@example.org.