By Lt. Arnel Bona, AA/PIO
Deuel Vocational Institution
Several staff members from Deuel Vocational Institution (DVI), the California Health Care Facility (CHCF), Sierra Conservation Center (SCC) and the Tracy Police Department teamed to raise money for the Special Olympics Northern California.
A total of 50 runners, bicyclists, and supporters – including a Special Olympian – joined in the 2014 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. The run is designed to increase awareness and raise funds for the Special Olympics movement.
Run Fit, a local running club from Modesto, was recruited to join the DVI team.
Participants carried the torch 5.5 miles from the DVI entrance to the Tracy Police Department where the torch was handed off to Tracy Police SWAT members who ran run the remaining leg into the Bay Area.
This is the ninth year DVI and TPD have joined forces to support the Special Olympics, with their efforts raising $1,400 through the torch run and $4,200 through Tip-A-Cop fund-raisers this year.
Every June, hundreds of law enforcement personnel carry the Special Olympics Torch – the Flame of Hope through Northern California counties, finished at the opening ceremonies of the state Summer Games. As one of the state’s largest grassroots fund-raising efforts, the Law Enforcement Torch Run has become the single largest supporter of Special Olympics. More than 3,000 law enforcement personnel from federal, military, state, county and local agencies participate.
Additional funds are raised through a variety of activities throughout the year, such as Tip‐A‐Cop efforts at various restaurants, Building Sits (Badges with Buckets), Polar Plunges, T‐shirt sales and many more.