Law Enforcement Officers Team Up with Red Robin Gourmet Burgers to Raise Funds for Special Olympics

October 11, 2012Officers to wait on guests at Red Robin restaurants during one-day Tip-A-Cop event

If you have ever dreamt about having your local police officers wait on you, now is your chance! Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (Red Robin), Special Olympics and law enforcement officers in cities across the country will be serving guests at Red Robin® restaurants on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 to raise funds for Special Olympics Programs through in-restaurant Tip-A-Cop® events. At 380 Red Robin restaurants in 39 states, law enforcement officers will trade in their handcuffs and badges between 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 4-8 p.m. to earn tips from restaurant guests to benefit their local Special Olympics Program.

  • 4080 Maple Road, Amherst, NY 14226
  • 3460 Amelia Drive, Orchard Park, NY 14127
  • 125 Old Country Road, Carle Place, NY 11514

“Our annual Red Robin Tip-A-Cop events are always a good time for a great cause,” said Michael Teem, executive director, Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. “The tremendous level of law enforcement and community support, and the unparalleled generosity from Red Robin and Coca-Cola, is what will make this event so successful this year. The money raised will be used to support Special Olympics events and mission of inclusion and acceptance for people with intellectual disabilities in communities throughout the United States through year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports.”

Tip-A-Cop is part of the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) campaign in support of Special Olympics. LETR, which includes an international series of relay runs and special events like Tip-A-Cop, is supported by more than 85,000 law enforcement officers worldwide who help raise money and public awareness for Special Olympics. As the largest grassroots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle for Special Olympics, LETR funds raised go directly to local programs in states or countries where the funds are generated.

“Red Robin launched the Tip-A-Cop program in our restaurants seven years ago and, with the help of participating law enforcement officials, we have donated more than $2 million to Special Olympics programs across the country,” said Eric Houseman, president and chief operating officer at Red Robin, and Special Olympics Colorado board member. “After raising nearly $750,000 last year, we are proud to again partner with local law enforcement officials and Coca-Cola to support Special Olympics in the communities we serve.”
For more information about Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and to find a restaurant location near you, please visit www.redrobin.com.

About Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (NASDAQ: RRGB)
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (www.redrobin.com), a casual dining restaurant chain founded in 1969 that operates through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Red Robin International, Inc., is the gourmet burger expert, famous for serving more than two dozen craveable, high-quality burgers with Bottomless Steak Fries® in a fun environment welcoming to guests of all ages. In addition to its many burger offerings, Red Robin serves a wide variety of salads, soups, appetizers, entrees, desserts and signature Mad Mixology® Beverages. There are more than 460 Red Robin® restaurants located across the United States and Canada, including corporate-owned locations and those operating under franchise agreements. Red Robin… YUMMM®! Connect with Red Robin on Facebook and Twitter.

About LETR
Celebrating its 31st Anniversary in 2012, the Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) for Special Olympics is the movement’s largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle, encompassing a variety of events including Torch Runs, Polar Plunge® events and the World’s Largest Truck Convoy® fundraiser. More than 100,000 international law enforcement officers have carried the Flame of Hope™ to the Opening Ceremonies of local and state/provincial Special Olympics competitions and Games, and Special Olympics World Summer or Winter Games. The LETR is now present in all 50 U.S. states, 12 Canadian provinces and 48 nations around the world. In 2011 the LETR raised more than US$42 million for Special Olympics Programs around the world and has raised more than US$410 million since its inception in 1981.

Special Olympics NY Summer Games Coming to Buffalo for First Time in 10 Years

April 17, 2012 – 1,500 athletes to compete in Buffalo – All events free and open to the public

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Neal J. Johnson, president and CEO of Special Olympics New York, announced the 2012 State Summer Games will be held at the University at Buffalo and surrounding community venues, for the first time in 10 years. The University at Buffalo has also won the bid for the 2013 Summer Games to mark the fifth time in 25 years that the games will be hosted in Western New York. The Summer Games were last held in Buffalo from 2001 to 2002 and before that from 1987 to 1988.

The Summer Games are the largest of three annual state games with more than 4,000 competitive experiences held each year throughout New York. Nearly 1,500 athletes and coaches will travel to Buffalo from around the state for the competition. Athletes must qualify at a local level to compete in the Summer Games.

“It is a thrill for us to bring the Summer Games back to Western New York,” said Johnson. “The residents, businesses and leaders of the community have always supported out mission, which has enabled us to provide quality competitive experiences for our athletes.”

Athletic competition will take place Saturday, June 16 in eight Olympic-style sports: athletics (track and field), aquatics, basketball, bowling, power lifting, tennis and volleyball. All events, including the opening and closing ceremonies, and all competitions, are free and open to the general public.

Special Olympics New York provides year-round sports training and competition in 22 Olympic-style sports to children and adults with intellectual disabilities at no cost to the athletes, their families or caregivers. More than 55,000 athletes train and compete with Special Olympics New York, the largest Special Olympics program in North America.

Numerous volunteers from surrounding communities are needed to support the Summer Games competitions and events:
• Opening ceremony staff and support (Friday, June 15 – 8:00 p.m. – University of Buffalo, Alumni Arena)
• Staff for all sporting venues
• Set up and break down at all venues
• Food and drink distributors
• Volunteer to Cheer! Be “Fans in the Stands” at the opening ceremonies and all events, cheering the athletes on to victory

Volunteer assignments will be given out the third week in May and walk in volunteers are welcome. For more information and to register, please download the volunteer application from the website at www.specialolympicsny.org or call 1-800-836-6976. Volunteers can be individuals or groups.

The University at Buffalo will host athletes on campus, along with the opening and closing ceremonies and several sporting competitions. Other community sporting venues include AMF Thruway Lanes and the Buffalo Niagara Courts Center.

For information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Amy Neveaux, Director of Development, Western Region, 716-861-9795, aneveaux@nyso.org

 

Press Conference Announces Return to Seneca Falls for the 2010 State Falls Games for Special Olympics New York

August 24, 2010

Special Olympics New York’s Fall Games is one of the premier athletic competitions amongst the more than 4,000 competitive experiences held each year throughout New York. All events are free and open to the public. The State Fall Games will be held at venues throughout the area, including New York Chiropractic College, Seneca Falls Country Club, SMS Club of Seneca Falls, Waterloo High School and Lehman Farms in Pittsford, NY DSC04778900 Special Olympics athletes and coaches from across New York will participate in the games. Up to 1000 volunteers from surrounding communities will be needed to support the event. Sports include Bocce, Cycling, Cross Country, Equestrian, Golf, Soccer and Softball.

The 2010 State Fall Games will begin on Friday, October 1 with Opening Ceremonies to be held at 8:00 p.m. Athletic Competitions will be held on Saturday, October 2, beginning at 8:00 AM.

Fall Games Gold level Sponsors include BonaDent Dental Laboratories, Lyons National Bank, Denny’s Restaurants, CSEA, NYSUT, Knights of Columbus, Walmart and Media Sponsor, The Finger Lakes Radio Group.

Special Olympics New York’s 2010 State Fall Games October 1-2

July 20, 2010

Special Olympics New York’s 2010 State Fall Games will be held for the second year in the Seneca Falls Community. Fall Games is one of three annual state games and more than 3,500 total competitions held each year throughout New York. Nearly 900 athletes and coaches will be joining us from around the state. Up to 1,000 volunteers from surrounding communities will be needed to support the event. Bruce Bonafiglia of BonaDent Dental Laboratories is the Honorary Chair and Tony Petroccia of the New York Chiropractic College is the Games Organizing Chair.Volunteers are needed to fill key roles in support of the Fall Games competitions:

Staff the following sports venues: Bocce, Cross Country Running, Cycling, Equestrian, Golf, Softball Team, and Soccer Team.

Set up/break down sports venues, and distribute lunch, and water to athletes and coaches.

Support our Opening Ceremonies.

Be Fans in the Stands at Opening Ceremonies and at sports venues, cheering the athletes on to victory.

Volunteer assignments will be given out up to Sept 16th; after that date all walk in volunteers are welcome. For more information and to register, please register as a volunteer here or email Stacy Gioeli at sgioeli@nyso.org. Volunteers can be individuals or groups.

Athletic competition takes place Saturday, October 2nd in 7 Olympic-style sports:
Bocce: SMS Hall, 95 Ovid St, Seneca Falls
Cross Country Running: NYCC Campus, 2360 State Rte. 89, Seneca Falls, NY 13148
Cycling: NYCC Campus, 2360 State Rte. 89, Seneca Falls, NY 13148
Equestrian: Lehman Farms, 161 S. Wilmarth Road, Pittsford, NY 14534
Golf Team & Skills: Seneca Falls Country Club, 2790 State Route 89, Seneca Falls
Soccer Team: NYCC Campus, 2360 State Rte. 89, Seneca Falls, NY 13148
Softball Team: Waterloo High School, 96 Stark Street, Waterloo, NY, 13165Special Olympics New York, which does not charge athletes to participate, provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-style sports for more than 48,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Gold Level Sponsors to date include: BonaDent Dental Laboratories, Lyons National Bank, Denny’s Restaurants, Civil Service Employees Association, Knights of Columbus, NYSUT: A Union of Professionals, Wal-Mart and Media Sponsor; 98.5 FM WNYR.


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