"Tip A Cop" raises money for Special Olympics

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- No restaurant experience? No problem.

Local law enforcement served in a different way at the Chili's on 24 1/2 Road Sunday for the annual Tip A Cop fundraiser.

Even though Mesa County Sheriff's Deputy Tanner Renner hasn't waited tables before, that didn't stop him from going table to table at Chili's.

"This is a brand new thing for me, I've never worked in the restaurant industry. It's just something to do and help, try to give back to the community and give back to this special group's needs," Renner said.

The goal is to raise money for Special Olympics.

"It's fun. These athletes, they come up and give you hugs," Renner said.

"These are a group of people that weren't asked to be born the way they are. They don't complain about the way they are either," said Colorado State Patrol Master Trooper Chris Wright.

Law enforcement in the Grand Valley doesn't mess around when they're waiting tables.

"We over here at this store particularly in Grand Junction have been number one or number two in the state for the last five years," Wright said.

For Deputy Renner, its a cause he is more than willing to support.

"They see the world a little bit different, a little bit brighter than the rest of us, and its fun to work with that," Renner said.

At the end of the day, its the special athletes who are the real winners.

"Its fun seeing all the efforts of the athletes, and law enforcement, and just the citizens throughout the community, actually get put back into play," Renner said.



 
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