Officer Grillo to Spend Day Atop Clock Tower at Southbury Plaza Shopping Center to Benefit Special Olympics
SOUTHBURY, CT- Officer Chris Grillo of Southbury Police Department with the generous cooperation of the Southbury Plaza Merchants Association and Gatto Development will be conducting a unique fundraiser for Special Olympics Connecticut entitled, Cop On Top. Officer Grillo will be perched atop the clock tower, located in the center of the Southbury Plaza Shopping Center Sunday, October 7, 2013. With a goal of raising $5,000 for Special Olympics Connecticut, he will stay on the clock tower until the goal is realized. Armed with a bucket on a pulley the trooper will plead for donations that will eventually get him off the clock tower. Officer Grillo will be rising to the top of the clock tower at approximately 8 a.m on Sunday, October 7, 2013 and will remain there until 8:00 p.m. unless his goal is achieved earlier. All donors who come to the clock tower in person and donate $20 or more will receive a t-shirt (while supplies last). Please come down, drive by and support Officer Chris Grillo and Special Olympics Connecticut. To make a donation, please log onto http://soct.convio.net/southburypd2012. For more information, please log on to www.soct.org or call Sharon Pelkey at Special Olympics Northwest Region at (860)484-9283.
About Special Olympics Connecticut
Since 1969, Special Olympics Connecticut (SOCT) has been changing attitudes and changing lives through year-round sports training and athletic competitions for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. SOCT currently serves 12,514 athletes (with intellectual disabilities) and partners (without intellectual disabilities) from across the state. Athletes and partners compete in 22 different Olympic-type sports thanks to over 100 local coordinators, 900 coaches and 10,000 additional volunteers.
SOCT Partner Sponsors: Adams Hometown Markets / IGA Hometown Supermarkets, Guardian, Law Enforcement Torch Run, NBC Connecticut, Northeast Utilities Companies: Connecticut Light & Power, Yankee Gas & Western Massachusetts Electric, and United Technologies.
About The Law Enforcement Torch Run®
The Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) for Special Olympics Connecticut is one of the movement's largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicles. This year round program involves law enforcement from across the state who volunteer their time to raise awareness and funds through events such as Tip-a-Cops, Cop-on-Tops, Jail N’ Bails, etc. In 2009 the Torch Run raised over $500,000 for SOCT.
In addition, each June (9-11, 2010) over 1,500 LETR officers and athletes carry the Special Olympics "Flame of Hope" through hundreds of cities and towns across the state, covering over 530 miles before running into the Opening Ceremonies at Summer Games (June 11-13, 2010).
Law Enforcement Torch Run Sponsors include: Whelen Engineering, Dream Ride 2010, Adams Hometown Markets / IGA Hometown Supermarkets, and J.N. Phillips Auto Glass.