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November 18, 2009 > Tip a Cop raises funds for Special Olympics

Tip a Cop raises funds for Special Olympics

By Miriam G. Mazliach

Public service was in evidence when a group of Fremont Police Officers volunteered their time on a recent Friday evening to assist the wait staff at Strizzis Restaurant in Fremont. Beneficiary of their endeavors - Special Olympics.

According to Strizzis' General Manager, Kent Rocca, "We really appreciate being able to contribute to the community and work together with the Police Department." This is the third year that Strizzis has participated with 'Tip a Cop' in Fremont and overall 16 years at its other restaurant locations.

While officers talked to restaurant patrons, envelopes were passed around for anyone who wanted to 'legally' tip a cop, by making a donation to the Special Olympics. Customers were enthusiastic and seemed to enjoy the experience of an up close and jovial police encounter.

Former Special Olympian, Aldo Bernasconi, proudly displayed his gold medal for the assembled crowd and was happy to do a 'meet and greet.'

"Events like this give us the opportunity to engage with the community in a positive way, while at the same time raise money to benefit our local Special Olympics athletes," says Lt. Clarise Lew.

Many thanks to these officers and personnel who participated: Sgt. Tony Tassano and his son Anthony, Officer Terry Barrett, CSO Jodi Goralczyk and Diana Goralczyk, CSO Jessica Senquiz and Leesa Wiseman. Through their efforts, $1,028 was raised for the Special Olympics.

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