Tip-A-Cop At Chip’s This Friday

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Feb 222018

Come to Chip’s Family Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road, Orange, this Friday, Feb. 23, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the annual Orange Police Department’s Tip-A-Cop event.

Orange police officers will be volunteering their time to wait on tables and raise money in support of the Connecticut Special Olympics.

The Orange police have long been dedicated to the Special Olympics and participate yearly in the Torch Run leading to the start of the Special Olympics games in New Haven.

Come On Out To Tip A Cop On Friday

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Jun 162017

Come out and help the Orange Police and Chip’s Restaurant support the Connecticut Special Olympics. 

The annual Tip-A-Cop fundraising event will take place at Chip’s Family Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road on Friday, June 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Orange police officers will serve your meal and work hard to collect a great tip.

All tips collected and money donated during this event will go directly to Special Olympics Connecticut to support the athletes and raise awareness about individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Amity Hosts SCC Unified Soccer Tournament

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Oct 162015

(Photo by Anna Mahon)

(Photo by Anna Mahon)

Twelve teams participated in the 2015 Southern Connecticut Conference Unified Soccer Tournament on Wednesday, October 14 at Amity.

Unified Sports® is a registered program of Special Olympics that combines athletes with and without intellectual disability on sports teams for training and competition.

Student athletes came from these participating schools: Amity Regional, West Haven, Daniel Hand, Branford, East Haven, Jonathan Law, Guilford, Cheshire, North Haven, Hamden, Wilbur Cross, Hamden and Foran.

Following the event, participants celebrated with a pizza party and awards ceremony where SCC medals were given to each athlete.

14th Annual Dream Ride Experience Will Benefit Special Olympics, August 23-24

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Aug 232014

Screen shot 2014-08-06 at 3.00.43 PMFollowing is a press release for the Dream Ride Experience to benefit Special Olympics:

The 2014 Dream Ride Experience, presented by Bozzuto’s Inc. and the Hometown Foundation to benefit Special Olympics, will take place, August 23 -24 in Farmington (CT). The event will unite motorcyclists, classic and exotic car enthusiasts, and families and friends who want to be a part of a fun, festive event to support Special Olympics. A motorcycle ride with starting points at Harley-Davidson dealerships/locations across the state and drawing participants from three countries – the US, Canada and Australia and 12 states (including Connecticut) and a host of activities are planned. These include a Twilight Car Cruise & Wrangler Rally, Dream Show car exhibit, celebrity guest appearances, kids’ activities and miniature golf. To view a full schedule of events and register, go to www.dreamride.org.


Registration is $30 for adults for a one-day pass  (includes Twilight Dream Cruise on Saturday night or Dream Ride/Dream Show on Sunday) and $50 for a two-day pass (includes Twilight Dream Cruise on Saturday night and Dream Ride/Dream Show on Sunday); $15 for children 10 – 16 (each day); and free for children under 10. Register by August 15th, and receive an official Dream Ride Experience t-shirt. Additional fundraising to support Special Olympics is encouraged. And, follow Dream Ride at facebook.com/DreamRide and twitter.com/DreamRideExp. To find out about sponsorship opportunities, call203-250-5660 or email ccaramia@bozzutos.com.


Dream Ride Experience highlights will include:

Saturday, August 23rd –

  • Dream Ride presents national recording artist Lonestar at the Farmington Polo Grounds, 152 Town Farm Road, Farmington (CT). General admission tickets and lawn seats are $30.00 and may be purchased atwww.dreamride.org. Gates will open the day of the show at 5 p.m.; the concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be held rain or shine.
  • Ice cream/golf at Farmington Miniature Golf, 1048 Farmington Avenue, Farmington.


  • The Twilight Dream Cruise & Wrangler Rally presented by and originating at Papa’s Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram,585 E. Main Street, New Britain. The Cruise will conclude at The Farmington Club and be followed by a party featuring great food and live music. Check-in at Papa’s Dodge: 3 p.m.; Cruise begins: 5:15 p.m.


Sunday, August 24th 

  • A motorcycle ride with nine satellite sites across Connecticut converging at The Farmington Club. (Motorcyclists from other states and countries will arrive throughout the weekend.)
  • Dream Show, an elaborate auto show at The Farmington Club to be judged by a panel of notable car connoisseurs.
  • An all-day party featuring great food, vendors, live music,  a kids’ corner and pet adoptions. Celebrity guests will include Wayne Carini, host of the Velocity channel’s “Chasing Classic Cars”, John Ratzenberger, best known for playing mail carrier Cliff Clavin on the sitcom Cheers, lending his voice to Pixar’s feature films including Toy Story, Monsters Inc. and Cars, and host of “Made in America” and Tim Harris, a Special Olympics athlete and owner of “Tim’s Place”, a Tex-Mex restaurant in Albuquerque, New Mexico know for providing “the friendliest service in the world” and offering “breakfast, lunch and hugs.”


The Dream Ride Experience aims to unite thousands of motorcycle and car enthusiasts to enjoy the ride, celebrate Special Olympics athletes and join in a movement that inspires respect, acceptance and inclusion for all people with and without intellectual disabilities – both on and off the playing field.  Last year’s Dream Ride raised $520,000 for Special Olympics. The event has raised $2 million since its inception.


Event sponsors include Aqua Turf, Campus Customs, Dasani, The Farmington Club, Monster; Papa’s Dodge, Revelation Productions, Steinger, Iscoe & Greene, Trantolo & Trantolo, Western Beef, Bozzuto’s Inc, The Hometown Foundation and your local IGA Supermarket.

 Originally Published on: Aug 6, 2014 @ 15:02

Oct 112013

Officer Jake Pollock chats with diners at one of his tables.

Officer Jake Pollock chats with diners at one of his tables.

The parking lot of Wood-n-Tap, 311 Boston Post Road, was nearly full Thursday night as the Orange Police Department was participating in the annual Tip-A-Cop event to benefit the CT Special Olympics.

Orange officers, wearing gray T-shirts with an OPD logo on the  right front side, offered service with a smile (with the assistance of an experienced waiter) and stopped to chat with guests when they had a chance.

At the end of their meals, diners tipped the officer for his or her service. All tips will help support Special Olympics Athletes in their year-round sports training and competitions.

Sgt. Heather LaRock, who coordinated the event for the department called the evening a great success.


Tip A Cop: Support Special Olympics at Wood-n-Tap on Thursday

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Oct 102013

tip a cop logoOfficers from the Orange Police Department will be participating in the annual Tip-A-Cop fundraiser to benefit Connecticut Special Olympians at Wood-n-Tap, 311 Boston Post Road, on Thursday, Oct. 10 from 5-8 p.m.
The officers will wait tables for tips that evening and all tips they receive will help support Special Olympics Athletes in their year-round sports training and competitions.
There is no admission fee for this “special” event. Just bring your appetite and tip your cop waiter to help the athletes.
Originally Published on: Oct 1, 2013 @ 14:50