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Special Olympics Washington Applebee's Tip-a-Cop

Local law enforcement will trade in their handcuffs and badges for aprons at 13 Applebee’s restaurants in Washington as part of a statewide “Tip-A-Cop” event with Special Olympics Washington. During the event, law enforcement will collect special tips from restaurant guests on June 14 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. to benefit Special Olympics Washington.

“On behalf of Special Olympics Washington, we would like to thank local law enforcement and Applebee’s for their great support,” said Beth Wojick, CEO of Special Olympics Washington.  “Efforts like these make it possible for us to continue to provide our athletes with high-quality sports training programs and competition at no cost to them or their families.”

When:                         Thursday, June 14, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Where:                        Thirteen Washington State Applebee’s restaurants (

Washington State Locations:

  • Kennewick: 606 N. Columbia Center Blvd.      
  • Longview: 400 Triangle Center
  • Pasco: 5305 Road 68    
  • Richland: 43 Columbia Point Dr.          
  • Spokane: 2107 E. 29th Ave.    
  • Spokane: 9634 N Newport Hwy          
  • Spokane: 12217 E. Mission      
  • Union Gap: 1505 East Washington Ave.           
  • Vancouver: 12717 SE 2nd Circle         
  • Vancouver: 5111 NE 112th Ave.         
  • Vancouver: 816 NE 98th Circle           
  • Vancouver: 13006 NW Hwy 99           
  • Walla Walla: 1604 Plaza Way  

Contact: Mary Do

About Tip-A-Cop & LETR
Tip-A-Cop® is part of the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) campaign. LETR, which includes an international series of relay runs and special events like Tip-A-Cop®, is presented by more than 85,000 law enforcement officers worldwide to help raise money and public awareness for Special Olympics. LETR is the largest grassroots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle for Special Olympics through which funds raised go directly to local programs in states or countries where the funds are generated.

In Washington State, over 2,000 individuals including chiefs, sheriffs, officers, troopers, deputies and other law enforcement personnel participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run Campaign.  In addition to the thousands of miles law enforcement personnel has traveled with the “Flame of Hope” to the Opening Ceremonies of the Summer Games;  hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised each year for local Special Olympics athletes.

About Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar
Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar ( is the world’s largest casual dining chain, with more than 2,000 locations in 49 states, 14 countries and one U.S. territory. AmRest, the second largest franchisee in the Applebee’s system, currently owns and operates more than 100 Applebee’s in eight states, including 13 restaurants in Washington.  AmRest embraces the Applebee’s neighborhood philosophy through active participation and support of the local communities served by each Applebee’s restaurant.