Free lunch for Special Olympics
by TP staff
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A Tracy police officer takes drink orders from a table of patrons at Texas Roadhouse on Monday during the Tip a Cop fundraiser for Special Olympics. Members of the Tracy Police Department and correctional officers from Deuel Vocational Institution served free lunches, asking for donations after the meals.  Michael Langley/Tracy Press
A Tracy police officer takes drink orders from a table of patrons at Texas Roadhouse on Monday during the Tip a Cop fundraiser for Special Olympics. Members of the Tracy Police Department and correctional officers from Deuel Vocational Institution served free lunches, asking for donations after the meals. Michael Langley/Tracy Press
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A Tracy police officer serves lunch to Jamie Brooks, Marissa Wilkinson, Tori Berg and Rachel Durao during the Tip a Cop fundraiser for Special Olympics. Members of the Tracy Police Department and correctional officers from Deuel Vocational Institution served free lunches, asking for donations after the meals.  Michael Langley/Tracy Press
A Tracy police officer serves lunch to Jamie Brooks, Marissa Wilkinson, Tori Berg and Rachel Durao during the Tip a Cop fundraiser for Special Olympics. Members of the Tracy Police Department and correctional officers from Deuel Vocational Institution served free lunches, asking for donations after the meals. Michael Langley/Tracy Press
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Tracy and Mountain House residents got free lunches Monday at Texas Roadhouse, 2422 Naglee Road, as part of the Tip a Cop fundraising effort to raise money for Special Olympics. Tracy police officers including Brian Wilmshurst and correctional officers from Deuel Vocational Institution served food and drinks to the lunch crowd.

“Texas Roadhouse donates the food,” Wilmshurst said. “Then, whatever people want to give for their lunch, whatever they believe the value of their lunch is, that’s what they donate. It’s not just a tip.”

Ruth Sanchez, who is a development director for the Law Enforcement Torch Run — in which officers from all over Northern California run a relay with a torch to the opening of the Special Olympics at University of California, Davis, on June 22 — said local police officers encourage the athletes to achieve all they can.

“The relationship between Law Enforcement Torch Run, our officers and the athletes has to be one of the most special partnerships and relationships I’ve ever seen,” Sanchez said.

Diners donated more than $4,200 during the Tip a Cop lunch, more than double the money raised during the event last year according to Heather Quillen of Texas Roadhouse.

“Texas Roadhouse is proud to be a part of this important event and we look forward to participating again next year,” Quillen said.

• Contact the Tracy Press newsroom at tpnews@tracypress.com or 835-3030.
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