McMinnville PD is recognized on Special Olympics honor roll for 2013 (Photo)
McMinnville Police Department was the recent recipient of the Special Olympics - Law Enforcement Torch Run honor roll by raising $3,042.00 in 2013. There were a total of 42 Oregon agencies that earned this recognition by raising over $1,500.00. We are also pleased that Yamhill County Sheriff's Office was similarly recognized, indicating an even greater level of generosity among our local community residents and businesses.
In 2013, over 50 Oregon law enforcement agencies participated in the Law Enforcement Torch run and related fundraising events (tip-a-cop, polar plunge, and other events). Oregon agencies raised a total of just over $554,000.00 for Special Olympics in 2013. Many local agencies, including McMinnville PD, also joined with Special Olympians during the annual torch run and participated in awarding medals to Special Olympic athletes during the 2013 competition in Newberg, Oregon.
We would like to specifically recognize Pam Ramsey who has coordinated our department's involvement and worked with local business and other agencies as we participate in fund raising events. She has been an invaluable part in completing the work needed to earn this award. We would also like to thank Golden Valley Brew Pub for their generous participation in the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office - McMinnville Police Department annual Tip-A-Cop promotion.
Raising funds for the Special Olympic program has been a positive connection for the department and many of our officers. We have greatly appreciated the opportunity to build relationships with many of these athletes and assist them in their effort to compete on a state, national, and international level.
Please join us in raising funds in the coming year for this very valuable program for our local Special Olympians. The 2014 Summer Games are scheduled for July 12-13, 2014 in Newberg. The leg of the Torch Run beginning at the south end of McMinnville and ending at the Summer Games will begin around noon on Saturday July 12, 2014. Prior to the games in Newberg, we will partner again with Golden Valley to raise money for our local Yamhill County Special Olympics program.