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Tip-A-Cop 2017 Raises $3,000

Published on May 19, 2017

Tip-A-Cop 2017 Raises $3,000

Police officers from Eastern Connecticut State University and the City of Middletown traded in their uniforms for aprons on May 3 to 'serve' the community in a different way. The officers spent the day waiting tables at Amici Italian Grill in Middletown in support of the fourth annual Tip-A-Cop fundraiser.

Approximately $3,000 was raised for the Connecticut Special Olympics. Contributing to the total, Amici donated 10 percent of its sales for the day, the cop-turned-servers donated all tips, and members of the Eastern community ordered $500 worth of food -delivered for lunch to their desks in Willimantic by Eastern volunteers.

"The Special Olympics is the designated charity of law enforcement in Connecticut," explained Angelo Simoni, Tip-A-Cop coordinator and director of Eastern's Office of Student Conduct. According to Simoni, Tip-A-Cop has raised approximately $15,000 for the Connecticut charity in four years.

The Eastern Police Department supports community charities throughout the year. It participates in Jail-N-Bail, a fundraiser in which officers 'arrest' members of the campus community who are then 'bailed' out of a fake jail, with all proceeds going to the Connecticut Special Olympics. Eastern police also participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run, which kicks off the Connecticut Special Olympics games - coming up this June at Southern Connecticut State University.