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Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Lee's Summit Police Department plans Fund Raisers for Special Olympics

The Lee’s Summit Police Department is proud of the support it has given to Special Olympics over the years.  This year, the Lee’s Summit Police Department is continuing and expanding its fund raising efforts for Special Olympics.  The department has three fund raising events planned for January of 2011 that are in support of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.  The Torch Run is a yearlong law enforcement initiative designed to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics and its athletes.

The first event this year is a new one for the Lee’s Summit Police Department.  Officers from the department are volunteering their time and working in conjunction with Habaneros Restaurant in Lee’s Summit for the first ever “cops on top” and “tip a cop” events.  The “cops on top” event will begin on Wednesday, January 19th, 2011 at 11am when Officer Mark Wiesemann will climb onto the roof of Habaneros located at 1008 SE Blue Parkway.  Officer Wiesemann has set a goal of raising $5000 for Special Olympics and he will stay on the roof until that goal is met!  In conjunction with this event, the LSPD is teaming up with Habaneros for the “tip a cop” event on Thursday, January 20th, 2011.  From 11am to 9pm, Officers from the Lee’s Summit Police Department will be waiting tables and serving food at the restaurant.  All tips and donations will go to Special Olympics and will help to get Officer Wiesemann down from the roof!  For more information on this event, you can visit the Special Olympics website at www.somo.org/lscopsontop.

The final event in January is the annual Polar Bear Plunge.  This year’s plunge will be held at Longview Lake on Saturday, January 29th, 2011 at noon.  Sgt. Brian Wilson will lead a team of brave volunteers who will plunge into the icy waters for this cause.  Sgt. Wilson has also developed a reputation as a “super plunger” which means he will enter the water once each hour for a 24 hour period beginning at noon on Friday, January 28th.  Sgt. Wilson has set a fund raising goal of $15,000 this year! For more information on the event or to make a donation, you can visit the Special Olympics website at www.somo.org and clicking on the Polar Bear Plunge link.  Since the event is held at Longview Lake, you will need to click the Kansas City location.


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