April 21, 2010 > Tip-A-Cop
By Ritu Jha
Photos By Bill Mancebo
Local police department staff assisted servers at Red Robin in NewPark Mall on Saturday, April 17 to raise money for Special Olympics. In addition, FBI, California Highway Patrol and sheriff's department personnel worked together to help raise funds. The officers served food and drinks and greeted customers. Each year, Red Robin in association with the local law enforcement conducts the fundraising event for Special Olympics Northern California.
"This is the first event of the season," said Officer Nick Mavrakis, Newark Police Department. "We placed a 'tip' envelope at each table," said Mavrakis who has actively been involved in the event for the past ten years. "We hope people come and support us," he added.
"All our restaurants are doing the same event today," said Red Robins Manager, Simon Elzakhen. Red Robin Restaurants have been participating in the event for 10 years and it has always been a huge success. "Tip-A-Cop is a year-long event, but Red Robin runs this in April-May all over Northern California. There are about 29 restaurants in Northern California, and we hope to raise $1,500 to $2,000 from each location," said Special Olympics of Athlete and Donor Fulfillment Director, Judy Burton-Andrew.
Proceeds from Tip-A-Cop support young athletes of Special Olympics and the summer games at UC Davis. Enclosing a check in one of the special "tip" envelopes, Fremont resident, Laura Sawaya, who also works at the Alameda County Sheriff's department said, "I know how much it benefits people's lives and their families; special needs children should be recognized."