Roughly $2,000 was raised during the first Mission Viejo Tip-A-Cop fundraiser Tuesday at Chili’s Grill and Bar off Crown Valley Parkway.
Bringing a new meaning to the term “protect and serve,” Chief of Mission Viejo Police Services Lt. Mike Gavin and several personnel from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department moonlighted as servers to collect tips for the Special Olympics.
“It was a lot of fun meeting citizens and serving lots of good food,” Lt. Gavin said. “Chili’s was a great host restaurant to work with for a great cause.”
Tip-a-cop events are one of the main fundraisers for the Law Enforcement Torch Run, one of the largest fundraising arms of Special Olympics Southern California.
While uniformed officers served food inside, sheriff’s department personnel also served up smiles and conversation outside. Patrons of all ages were invited to take photos with the special units, which included motorcycle deputies; our K-9 “Kilo”; members of the Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue Team and bloodhounds; and Special Reserve Deputies with the popular Humvee. Along with being a fundraiser for the Special Olympics, the event was also educational, as School Resource Officers and Mission Viejo’s Crime Prevention Unit handed out educational information.