Red Robin teams-up with local Law Enforcement Officers to support Special Olympics athletes
GRIMES, Iowa, April 6 // PRNewswire-FirstCall // -- Local law enforcement officers will trade in their handcuffs and badges for serving aprons and gourmet burgers at Red Robin(R) restaurants in Iowa 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 Iowa (SOIA). This is the first year Red Robin(R) restaurants in Iowa are hosting the Tip-A-Cop(R) fundraiser. Red Robin, Special Olympics Iowa and local law enforcement are hoping to exceed its $7,500 goal with support from Iowa residents.
Tip-A-Cop(R) is part of the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run(R) (LETR) campaign. LETR, which includes an international series of relay runs and special events like Tip-A-Cop(R), is represented by more than 85,000 law enforcement officers worldwide to help raise money and public awareness for Special Olympics. LETR is the largest grassroots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle for Special Olympics through which funds raised go directly to local programs in states or countries where the funds are generated.
"On behalf of Special Olympics Iowa, we would like to thank local law enforcement and Red Robin for their incredible support," said Mark Reed, SOIA 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 Iowa 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 five restaurants in Iowa including Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Dubuque, Sioux City and West Des Moines.
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc., 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 Iowa, a statewide nonprofit organization, has provided sports training and competitions for children and adults with intellectual disabilities since 1968. In 2008, 11,350 athletes and Unified Sports Partners participated in Special Olympics Iowa events and competitions.
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 US$34 million for Special Olympics Programs around the world and has raised more than US$272 million since its inception in 1981.
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