"They will be taking drinks, bread, dressings to diners and
assisting our servers with other things," said Christina Love,
general manger of Hill Street Cafe. "It's going to be a fun day for
During last year's fundraiser, deputies raised more than $3,000,
Diners can contribute to the fundraiser by putting "tip" money in
envelopes that officers place on tables before the event.
Proceeds are used to purchase equipment and uniforms for Special
Olympics athletes, and to pay for training and trips to competitions,
said Jan Melnyk, executive director of the group's San Gabriel Valley
Police and Sheriff's departments across Southern California raised
more than $600,000 last year during similar events, she said.
"Law enforcement is often at the forefront of helping us raise
money," she said.
For the past two years, deputies have received a great deal of
support from the community for this event, Sgt. James Noennick said.
"Last year it was extremely successful, and we want to thank Hill
Street for their cooperation," he said. "It's a really positive
event, and we believe it will be well received again."
People who make donations will receive Special Olympics T-shirts
and banners, Love said.
Employees will also feel safer than usual to have deputies present
all day, she added.
"There will be more deputies during some parts of the day, but
there will be at least one deputy serving at all times," she said.