Red Robin teams-up with local Law Enforcement Officers to support Special Olympics athletes
NORMAL, Ill., April 6, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Local law enforcement officers will trade in their handcuffs and badges for serving aprons and gourmet burgers at Red Robin(R) restaurants in Illinois for a Tip-A-Cop(R) fundraiser from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 18. During the Tip-A-Cop(R) fundraiser, law enforcement will collect tips from restaurant guests to benefit Special Olympics Illinois (SO ILL). This is the second year Red Robin(R) restaurants in Illinois are hosting the Tip-A-Cop(R) fundraiser. Red Robin, Special Olympics Illinois and local law enforcement are hoping to exceed its $45,000 goal with support from Illinois residents.
Tip-A-Cop(R) is part of the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run(R) (LETR) campaign. LETR, which includes a series of relay runs and special events like Tip-A-Cop(R), is presented by more than 3,000 law enforcement officers statewide to help raise money and public awareness for Special Olympics. LETR is the largest grassroots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle for Special Olympics Illinois, raising more than $2.2 million in support of the program last year.
"On behalf of Special Olympics Illinois, we would like to thank local law enforcement and Red Robin for their incredible support," said Doug Snyder, SO ILL president and CEO. "Efforts like these make it possible for us to continue to provide high-quality sports training programs and competitions along with other programming to all Special Olympics athletes."
"Supporting local and national causes like Special Olympics that promote the health, welfare and education of children, families and citizens in our restaurant communities is an important part of the Red Robin culture," said Susan Lintonsmith, chief marketing officer for Red Robin Gourmet Burgers. "We are honored to partner with local law enforcement and Special Olympics Illinois through Tip-A-Cop(R) and encourage the community to visit your local Red Robin to support Special Olympics on this special day."
Red Robin has 16 restaurants in Illinois including Algonquin, Bloomingdale, Bolingbrook, Edwardsville, Fairview Heights, Hoffman Estates, Lincolnshire, Orland Park, Oswego, Plainfield, Rockford, Schaumburg, Skokie, South Elgin, Warrenville and Wheaton.
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (www.redrobin.com), a casual dining restaurant chain founded in 1969 that operates through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Red Robin International, Inc., has been serving up wholesome, fun, feel-good experiences in a kid- and family-friendly environment for the past 40 years. Red Robin, which was named one of Parents magazine's Ten Best Family Restaurants, is famous for serving more than two dozen insanely delicious(TM), high-quality gourmet burgers in a variety of recipes with Bottomless Steak Fries(R), as well as salads, soups, appetizers, entrees, desserts, and signature Mad Mixology(R) Beverages. There are more than 400 Red Robin(R) restaurants located across the United States and Canada, including corporate-owned locations and those operated by franchisees.
Special Olympics is an international organization that changes lives by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect worldwide. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown from a few hundred athletes to nearly 3 million athletes in over 180 countries in all regions of the world providing year round sports training, athletic competition and other related programs. Special Olympics Illinois provides more than 22,000 people with intellectual disabilities continuing opportunities to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship.
Celebrating its 28th Anniversary in 2009, the Law Enforcement Torch Run(R) (LETR) for Special Olympics is the movement's largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle, encompassing a variety of events including Torch Runs, Polar Plunge(R) events and the World's Largest Truck Convoy(R) fundraiser. More than 85,000 international law enforcement officers have carried the Flame of Hope(TM) to the Opening Ceremonies of local and state/provincial Special Olympics competitions and Games, and Special Olympics World Summer or Winter Games. The LETR is now present in all 50 U.S. states, Canadian provinces and 46 nations around the world. In 2008, the LETR raised more than $34 million for Special Olympics programs around the world and has raised more than $272 million since its inception in 1981.
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