Police raise funds for Special Olympics

Sep. 20, 2013 @ 05:23 PM

There were plenty of police at area Chick-fil-A’s on Friday, but it was not because there was anything wrong.
The second annual Cops on Shops was hosted by Chick-fil-A and High Point police officers to benefit Special Olympics.
“We are doing this to raise money,” said Lt. Charles Lanier. “We are trying to raise the remaining $6,000 of our $25,000 goal.”
Shift manager Les Hutcherson said the store on N. Main Street participated because they felt like it was a good thing for both the restaurant and the police.
“We have a very good clientele, and I feel like as a result of that, it has really made a difference, because they do collect quite a bit of money while they are here,” Hutcherson said. “We appreciate each and every one of the customers that come in with their contributions.”
Officers sat and stood on the roof on area Chick-fil-A stores, at 2700 N. Main St. and 3855 John Gordon Lane, to raise funds and awareness of the Special Olympics program.
High Point will host the Special Olympic Fall Games at A.J. Simeon Stadium Nov. 9-10.
“This gives us incentive to get out and raise money,” Lanier said. “We have a lot of members in our department that volunteer in the games with the athletes. We get to see first hand how the money helps.”
Customers who donated $10 or more to the cause received a free Chick-fil-A sandwich. Larger donations received a free Chick-fil-A meal card and a Law Enforcement Torch Run T-shirt.
Robert Terry said he donated to the cause to support his neighbor.
“I have someone who lives across the street from me that actually participates in Special Olympics,” Terry said. “I think that the organization provides an event for those with special needs, supports their events and gives them an opportunity to participate in things that they would not normally be afforded compared to others.”
Those wanting to donate can contact Lanier or visit: http:// www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/lee-lanier-1/copsonshops
“I can come and meet someone for donations, or I can talk them through making an online donation. If they get in touch with me, I will come pick it up,” Lanier said.
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