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Special Olympics Idaho is excited to announce a donation has been made by Anderson Reserve in the amount of $14,007, raised by Gem County Sheriff’s Department at the Anderson Reserve Tip-A-Cop on November 13th, benefitting the athletes of Special Olympics Idaho.

The officers of Gem County Sheriff’s Department have raised more than any other law enforcement branch in Idaho participating in the Tip-A-Cop events. Tip-A-Cops are organized by Special Olympics Idaho’s “Law Enforcement Torch Run” (LETR) Initiative. Tip-A-Cop events are hosted in restaurants throughout Idaho allowing local law enforcement officers a different way to serve the public, by actually serving tables and taking donations to support some of Idaho’s most courageous athletes, the athletes of Special Olympics Idaho.

Kristi Kraft, CEO of Special Olympics Idaho, says, “We are proud to partner with the officers of Gem County’s Sheriff’s Department who have really stepped up to serve Special Olympics Idaho athletes. Gem County Sheriff’s Department represented Gem County well at the Anderson Reserve Tip-A-Cop, stepping up to show that this community truly supports adults and children with intellectual disabilities. Thank you Gem County for sharing your Sheriff’s Department with Special Olympics Idaho. And we want to thank Anderson Reserve for sharing their restaurant, staff, family and guest with us. Anderson Reserve also recruited local businesses and individuals to donate baskets that were auctioned off for the event, all in support of Idaho athletes. We are so honored and grateful to have such an overflow of support from Gem County.”

This was the second Tip-a-Cop shift for the GCSO this year, earlier completing a successful event at Tom’s Cabin, as well.

About the Law Enforcement Torch Run: The Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics is the largest public awareness vehicle and grass-roots fundraiser for Special Olympics. Known as Guardians of the Flame,

law enforcement members and Special Olympics athletes carry the Flame of Hope into the Opening Ceremony of local competitions, and into Special Olympics State, Provincial, National, Regional and World Games.

Annually, more than 110,000 dedicated and compassionate law enforcement members carry the “Flame of Hope,” symbolizing courage and celebration of diversity uniting communities around the globe.

About Special Olympics Idaho: Established in 1971, Special Olympics Idaho will celebrate its’ 50th Anniversary this year. SOID was host Special Olympics World Winter Games in Idaho in 2009. The mission of Special Olympics Idaho is to provide your-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

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