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Irving Police Raise Funds for Special Olympics

Photo by Stephen Hunt

Irving—The Irving Police Department and Texas Roadhouse joined forces to raise $4,824 for Special Olympics Texas-Greater Dallas Area through a Tip-a-Cop event at Texas Roadhouse on July 29.

“I can’t say how great it is to come back after missing 2020,” Officer Charlie Cavazos, event coordinator, said. “2019 was our first event with Texas Roadhouse, because it was a brand-new restaurant. We’ve got other Tip-a-Cop events we do, but this is an incredible atmosphere and being able to do it again is great.”

Numerous officers and volunteers were present to interact with customers and sell t-shirts with the proceeds going to Special Olympics.

Texas Roadhouse mascot, Andy Armadillo, posed for pictures with restaurant patrons. The event, which is held at Texas Roadhouse restaurants across Texas, is part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run where officers run to raise money for Special Olympics.

“It’s a great opportunity for our employees to continue to pour back into the community,” Irving chief of police Jeff Spivey said. “Raising money for these special athletes, so they can have their games is a great way for us to give back to the community.It’s a great way for us to connect with our community, and it’s a great way to support these athletes who really deserve everything we can get them.”