Tuesday, April 5, 2011

CCSO To Support Special Olympics

Dozens of Collier County Sheriff’s Office members will put their best feet forward for the Collier County leg of 30th annual Torch Run.

Participants will meet at the Collier County Law Enforcement Memorial in front of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office Building J at 7:15 a.m. on April 6. The run will start following remarks by Sheriff Kevin J. Rambosk at 7:45 a.m.

Local Special Olympics athletes will join in the run, along with past Special Olympics athlete and coach Michael Lynch, who has been running in the Torch Run for many years.

The runners will proceed to the city of Naples and then run up to the Lee County line, ending at around noon. There are several stops along the way and vehicles will be trailing the runners in case they need help. Water and snacks will be provided along the route.

The 15.2-mile run will end as CCSO members hand off the “Torch of Hope” at the Collier/Lee County line.

The CCSO and Joe’s Crab Shack, 1355 Fifth Ave. S., Naples, have teamed up once again for the third annual “Cops and Crabs” event on April 19. Sheriff Kevin Rambosk and agency members will help wait tables. All tip money and 10 percent of the total cash intake for the night will be donated to the Florida Special Olympics. Patrons must present a special coupon at the restaurant in order for their tab to be counted toward the fundraising total. Click here to print out a copy.

Last year, CCSO was able to raise more than $3,000. Participating agency members hope for an even better turnout this year.

The focus of the local event is to bring awareness and support to Florida Special Olympics.