Guards Raise More Than $800 For Special Olympics

JEFFERSON CITY - Prison guards joined a local restaurantâ??s wait staff Tuesday evening as part of a Special Olympics fundraiser.

Seven officers from the Jefferson City Correctional Center helped staff at Prison Brews serve drinks and clean tables while collecting donations to support the Law Enforcement Torch Run, which benefits Special Olympics. This is the second year in a row the restaurant has taken part in the fundraiser.

Maj. Tim Goebel told KRCG 13 personnel collect tips through the Tip-a-Cop promotion, in which customers leave donations for police at restaurants which go to the Torch Run. He said his personnel raised more than $800 on Tuesday, topping last yearâ??s total of about $700.

â??My favorite part is just the friendships that you make from people around here, and then supporting Special Olympics, you donâ??t get much better than that,â?? Goebel said.

Prison Brews general manager Steve Whitener said last yearâ??s fundraiser went very well and his restaurant will most likely participate next year. He said he likes being able to take part in the campaign.

â??The money thatâ??s raised, that aspect of it, thatâ??s going to the Special Olympics to help with special training for the kids, itâ??s a good feeling,â?? he said.

Law enforcement personnel will serve at select restaurants throughout the state through Saturday. Sedalia police will host their own fundraiser at Applebeeâ??s on Wednesday and Columbia police will serve at Bleu on Friday.