Petaluma police officers will suit up to serve the community on Tuesday evening at a restaurant fundraiser for Special Olympic athletes. Officers will bus tables and serve food in uniform in exchange for “tips” to raise money for Northern California Special Olympics athletes at the Applebee’s located at 5301 Old Redwood Highway from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Proceeds raised from the annual “Tip A Cop” event will go directly to Sonoma County athletes and are tax-deductible, police said.
More than 800 athletes will compete at the University of California at Davis during the Northern California Special Olympics Summer Games from June 24 through June 26, according to the organization’s website. Participants will compete in four Olympic-style sports during the Summer Games, including aquatics, bocce, tennis, and track and field. Northern California is one of 52 Special Olympic programs that offers a Summer Games competition for its athletes, according to the website.
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