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Tavern in the Square Tip-A-Cop a success

On Tuesday July 16, six Tavern in the Square restaurant locations held Tip-A-Cop events for Special Olympics Massachusetts. Each event featured local law enforcement officers and Special Olympics athletes helping out the waitstaff as “celebrity waiters.” After customers were finished with their meal they were provided envelopes to give a donation to Special Olympics Massachusetts if they would like.

The group of officers, athletes and restaurant staff at Tavern in the Square in Shrewsbury

The group of officers, athletes and restaurant staff at Tavern in the Square in Shrewsbury

Some locations also had promotions like dunk tanks, raffles and sports memorabilia for sale to raise money. All locations offered a limited edition fruity pebbles donut for $5. All proceeds from donut sales will be donated to Special Olympics Massachusetts.

The group of officers, athletes and restaurant staff at Tavern in the Square in Lowell

The group of officers, athletes and restaurant staff at Tavern in the Square in Lowell

Stephanie Esposito, Director of Development, Law Enforcement Torch Run, was pleased with the results.

“We couldn’t be prouder of the outcome: last night, we saw six very different communities rally around Special Olympics in an inclusive and impactful way. Special Olympics has always been a sports organization first and foremost, but our greater mission is building inclusive communities where individuals with and without disabilities can live, work, play, and socialize together. We did that in Boston, Burlington, Littleton, Lowell, Northborough, and Shrewsbury.”

And now, the totals!

Boston: $1,031

Burlington: $2,482

Littleton: $2,241

Lowell: $1,896

Northborough: $1,089

Shrewsbury: $2,676

The group of officers, athletes and restaurant staff at Tavern in the Square in Northborough

The group of officers, athletes and restaurant staff at Tavern in the Square in Northborough

Great results for a first time event! Altogether, the Tavern in the Square Tip-A-Cop Campaign raised $11,415 (so far!) which will help us provide inclusive sports training and competition to 114 new athletes next season. These numbers will keep growing over the next few days/weeks as each Tavern restaurant tallies up its individual fundraising efforts (the donut sales, raffles, dunk tanks, etc.) so I’ll be sending you an update soon!

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