12th annual Tip-A-Cop fundraiser underway

COLLEGE STATION, Tex (KBTX) - Local law enforcement kicked off the 12th annual Special Olympics Tip-A-Cop Fundraiser Monday evening at Texas Roadhouse in College Station.

Starting Monday, officials from ten agencies will raise money for Special Olympics athletes in the Brazos Valley. They're earning tips by assisting Texas Roadhouse employees each day until Thursday from 3-10 p.m.

"One hundred percent goes to Special Olympics. It all stays here in our community and it's able to keep the athletes out of the house, active, moving, socializing and the overall goal is to keep them healthy," said Bryan Police Sergeant Jason James.

Organizers plan to have different themes each day of the week. The themes are listed below:

Monday, July 22 - “Kid’s Night”
Kids that are dressed up as police officers will get a free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult entrée. Organizers will have a police vehicle outside for the kids to look at and play in. There will be a balloon artist and activities inside for the kids as well.

Tuesday, July 23 - “Aggie Night”
Current and former Aggie athletes are expected to be on site. Wait staff will dress in Aggie attire.

Wednesday, July 24 - “Cops and Robbers”
This is a theme that the wait staff came up with last year and wanted to do again in 2019. The wait staff will dress as robbers.

Thursday, July 25 - “Torch Run”
Statewide Tip-a-Cop fundraiser. Texas Roadhouses across the nation will be holding a Tip-a-Cop fundraiser for Special Olympics. The wait staff will wear Torch Run shirts.

The following agencies participating in the campaign:
- Bryan Police Department
- College Station Police Department
- Brazos County Constables
- Brazos County Sheriff’s Office
- Texas A&M University Police Department
- Texas Department of Public Safety
- Madison County Sheriff’s Office
- Madisonville Police Department
- Waller County Sheriff’s Office
- Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Sgt. James said they hope to earn $30,000 this year. He says they've hit $30,000 the past two years and $29,000 three years ago.

If you are unable to make Tip-a-Cop and would like to make a monetary donation to the Special Olympics, you can mail a donation to:

Bryan Police Department
Sgt. Jason James
303 E. 29th St.
Bryan, Texas 77803
979-209-5322
Checks payable to “Special Olympics Texas”