Law enforcement to protect and “serve” at Applebee’s to raise funds for Special Olympics New York

On Thursday, September 13th law enforcement officers and local officials will take their oath to “protect and serve” to a new level, trading in their handcuffs and badges for menus and serving trays at the “Law and Orders” event taking place at various Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar locations throughout central New York and Southern Tier.

The fundraiser will take place during dinner hours from 5PM-8PM that evening to raising awareness for individuals with intellectual disabilities, as well as funding to benefit the athletes of Special Olympics New York. State and local law enforcement officers from various agencies including New York State University Police, New York State Police, Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Ithaca Police Department, Johnson City Police Department and US Army will join the staff at Applebee’s to greet & seat customers, bus tables and serve guests. They will then place envelopes on the customers’ tables for them to fill with a special tip which will go directly to the organization.

“I think it’s outstanding that the local law enforcement come in on their own time to do this,” said Stacey Hengsterman, president and CEO of Special Olympics New York. “We couldn’t do what we do without this amazing group of community leaders.”

The restaurants will be bustling and there will be a queue of people waiting for a table. Participating Applebee’s locations include:

Binghamton– 842 Upper Front Street, Binghamton

Camillus– 5241 West Genesee Street, Camillus

Clay/Liverpool– 3975 Route 31, Liverpool

Cortland– 856 State Route 13, Cortland

Dewitt– 3189 Erie Boulevard East, Dewitt

Ithaca– 2300 N. Triphammer Road, Ithaca

North Syracuse– 628 South Main Street, North Syracuse

Vestal– 3701 Vestal Parkway East, Vestal

Watertown– 1283 Arsenal Street, Watertown

The Law and Orders event is an annual fundraiser organized by the Law Enforcement Torch Run Program, a year-round fundraising and awareness initiative by law enforcement agencies to benefit Special Olympics New York. Law enforcement agencies serving at Applebee’s will be

About Special Olympics New York
Special Olympics New York provides year-round sports training and competition in 23 Olympic-style sports to children and adults with intellectual disabilities at no cost to the athletes, their families or caregivers. There are 66,835 athletes and unified partners that train and compete with Special Olympics New York, the largest Special Olympics program in North America. For more information please visit specialolympicsny.org.  #SpecialOlympicsNY