|“Cops on the Coop” at Chick-Fil-A – pictured from left: Sheriff Dennis Kelly, School Resource Officer, Cody Cockrell (sunglasses) School Resource Officer, Matt Emery (Megaphone in hand) Sgt., and School Resource Officer, Will Stroup.|
Pictured from right to left is Deputy Travis Cox, Records Clerk Pam Young, Special Olympic Silver Medalist Athlete Ashley Bond, Captain Amy Tyler, School Resource Officer Matt Emery, Then Left to Right; second Row, Lt. Scott Russ, Sgt. School Resource Officer Will Stroup, Evidence Technician Greg Allison, Computer Technician Wes Love, Dispatcher Megan Young. Then Right to Left third Row, Lt. Chad Cox, Sheriff Dennis Kelly, Sgt. Bobby Grogan (sunglasses on), Investigator Ricky Madden, Special Olympics Sponsor over the event, Harley Carpenter, Investigator Dale Boyer and State Transportation Officer, Adam Heitzenrater who assist Holly with sponsoring Special Olympics Event also.
On Wednesday, November 22, 2017, from 7AM until 5PM Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office Deputies, Records Clerks, and Dispatchers held their First Annual Special Olympics, Law Enforcement Torch Run Event in Greenwood.
In correlation with Chick-Fil-A, Sheriff Dennis Kelly as well as other deputies from the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office stood outside in the drive-thru lanes at the Greenwood Cross Creek Mall Chick-Fil-A, as well as having officers on the roof of Chick-Fil-A which was called “Cops on the Coop”. During this event each officer or Sheriff’s Office Employee asked drivers to help donate to the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run so that the 25,588 Special Olympics Athletes in South Carolina are able to compete in programs that are sponsored by the Special Olympics. 100% of all the money raised for this event went to the Special Olympics for their programs in South Carolina.
With a donation of $20.00 sponsors received a t-shirt or hat of their choice and Chick-Fil-A provided a coupon card that was good for a free chicken sandwich or 8 piece nugget. For a donation of $15.00, sponsors received either a t-shirt or a hat of their choice.
Any all donations received a free Special Olympics wristband while supplies lasted. In all the event raised $5,455!
The Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office Employees along with Sheriff Kelly would like to thank each and every one who participated in this event through their generous donations and we plan to continue the event next year.
Everyone involved is already looking forward to next year and with your support then can raise even more money for a great cause. Thanks to all for their support and a special thanks to Chick-Fil-A Manager Brian Whitkar and Kayla Timmerman for allowing the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office the opportunity and location to benefit South Carolina Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run.
So help us beat the $5,455.00 cash donation we raised in this First Annual Special Olympics Event next year in Greenwood. Again Thanks to all who participated in this First Annual Event this year we had a great time. We would also like to thank Chick-Fil-A Manager Brian Whitkar and Kayla Timmerman who allowed the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office the opportunity and location to host this event.
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics main mission is to raise funds for and awareness of Special Olympics South Carolina. Law Enforcement Agencies around the state hold fundraisers throughout the year to help support the 25,588 Special Olympics athletes in SC. 100 % of the funds raised through SCLETR goes directly to athlete programs, helping to cover costs of transportation, housing and meals for competitions. In 2016, SCLETR raised $688,000 and this year they have raised more than $900,000.
Special Olympics South Carolina’s mission is to provide year round athletic training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. We currently serve 25,588 athletes, ranging from two years old to 80. We host 350 competitions annually in South Carolina. Many of our athletes have competition opportunities on the regional, national and international level. To find out more visit www.so-sc.org.