Who: Special Olympics Iowa (SOIA), local Law Enforcement agencies, and Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (Red Robin)
What: Local law enforcement will trade in their handcuffs and badges for gourmet burgers and aprons at Red Robin® restaurants in Iowa as part of the national Tip-A-Cop event benefitting Special Olympics. Law enforcement in 39 states will collect tips and help serve Red Robin restaurant guests from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 4 to 8 p.m.
When: Oct. 13, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m.
Where: All five of Iowa’s Red Robin® restaurants including Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Dubuque, Sioux City and West Des Moines.
Why: Supporting local and national causes, like Special Olympics, that promote the health and welfare of families and citizens in local communities is an important part of the Red Robin culture. Red Robin has been supporting Special Olympics Programs across the country for the past six years and has helped raise more than $1.5 million for Special Olympics.
Special Olympics Iowa serves nearly 11,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and Unified Sports partners in all 99 counties of Iowa. Twenty-three Olympic-type sports are offered on a year-round basis.
Tip-A-Cop® is part of the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) campaign. LETR, which includes an international series of relay runs and special events like Tip-A-Cop®, is presented by more than 144,000 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.