Most trophies don't feature a gilded hamburger on top, but most awards aren't as unique as the one presented to the Parker Police Department on Dec. 5.
Red Robin awarded its coveted “Hamburger Trophy” to the department and some Special …
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Red Robin awarded its coveted “Hamburger Trophy” to the department and some Special Olympics athletes from the area for raising more than $5,400 through the Tip-A-Cop program on Oct. 22.
“Parker has just been amazing in fundraising and awareness for our group,” said Jan Gordon, senior director of Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run, the group's fundraising arm that works with police departments throughout Colorado.
Several Red Robin franchises participated that day, raising a statewide total of more than $70,000 for the over 20,000 Special Olympics participants in Colorado, Gordon said.
The fundraiser takes place at participating restaurants throughout the year, most recently at the Texas Roadhouse on Dec. 8. Athletes and officers go table-to-table at participating restaurants, share background information on Special Olympics and provide diners with an envelope to make a donation. Donations do not replace tips given to restaurant staff.
Though players compete for free in Special Olympics, it costs approximately $60 per athlete per season to finance the sports and contests.
Dispatcher Deb Daily is a Tip-A-Cop veteran. In an email after the presentation, she said the experience of working with the athletes is as rewarding for her as the fundraising is for them.
“We are fortunate that our agency and officers are so involved in such a great program,” Daily said. “We are one big family. I get more from them than I could ever get back.”
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