By Lt. Sarah Watson, AA/Public Information Officer
California Rehabilitation Center
Correctional staff from the California Rehabilitation Center (CRC) recently joined forces with Riverside County Sheriff, Corona Police Department, Eastvale Police Department and San Bernardino County Sheriff to raise over $12,000 for Special Olympics.
Select California Claim Jumper Restaurants partnered with local law enforcement agencies to raise thousands of dollars for Special Olympics. Law enforcement officers served as celebrity waiters, and their tips supported Special Olympics Southern California.
CRC represented the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in Class A attire.
Associate Warden Robert Bandholtz, Capt. William Beauchemin, Lt. Vincent Mungon and Officer Robert Sergio Salazar stood side by side with the restaurant waiters to raise funds and awareness for this very worthy cause.
Tip-A-Cop events are part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run, one of the largest fundraising arms of Special Olympics Southern California. All tips are tax-deductible and support sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. For more information about Special Olympics, visit www.sosc.org.
“My thoughts and feelings in volunteering in the Tip A Cop is more than words can say. It’s a great feeling in interacting with the general public in a more positive and meaningful way and not to mention working side by side with other law enforcement agencies,” said Correctional Officer Salazar. “Everyone looked at us in a different manner. The best part was seeing the smiles on the faces of the kids we were there for. It would be nice to see more of our officers get involved.”
“I was not sure what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised by the enthusiasm that everyone brought to the event. This was my first time as a participant. I’m not completely sure of the head count, but I believe there were around 22 law enforcement officers and Corona Police Department brought one of their K-9 units, which was a big hit with the athletes, attendees, patrons, and participants,” said Correctional Lt. Mungon. “It didn’t matter what department you were from there was instant acceptance and fraternal feeling from all that were involved. We all got to meet and interact with the athletes, which included a lot of photographs. They were all hugs, high fives and smiles. What a great group. They are all the face of the Special Olympics, and what a beautiful face it is.”