CALIPATRIA – Staff from Calipatria State Prison and the Brawley Police Department gave a whole new meaning to the words â€œprotect and serveâ€ as they waited tables at Las Chabelas restaurant in a fund-raising â€œTip a Copâ€ event for the Special Olympics.
â€œCalipatria State Prison, along with Brawley Police Department, was able to raise $1,400,â€ said Chief Deputy Warden (A) Balinda Hedrick, who waited tables.
Tip a Cop is a law enforcement fund-raising event in which law enforcement officers greet customers and wait tables at a restaurant and collect â€œtipâ€ donations for Special Olympics.
Staff at many CDCR institutionsÂ have raised a total of almost $10,000 for Special Olympics in the last two months.
â€œThe restaurant may provide one day or a whole week where it designates its restaurant for this fundraising effort,â€ said Patricia Urena Imperial Valley Special Olympics area director.
â€œLaw Enforcement Officers at Tip-A-Cop fundraisers serve as celebrity waiters wearing aprons identifying them as fundraiser participants, and the public loves to have the officers wait on them hand and foot,â€ said Claudia S. Macias, the Community Resource Manager at Calipatria State Prison, who coordinated the event.
Present at this yearâ€™s Tip-A-Cop was Juan Alonzo, a member of the State Bocce Imperial Valley Special Olympics.