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|Re: Community Thanks|
|Tuesday, 26 April 2011 07:13|
Sheriff Paul C. May has released the following information:
Re: Community Thanks
The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those involved with making our 2011 Law Enforcement Torch Run a huge success.
On Saturday, April 16, 2011, runners from the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office Special Response Team, along with officers from the Okeechobee City Police Department, Florida Wildlife Commission, Martin Correctional Institution, Florida Highway Patrol, and firemen from the Okeechobee County and Okeechobee City Fire Departments came together for a very special cause. The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.
At approximately 9:00 a.m., the runners took off east on NW 4 Street to Highway 441. From there all the way to Publix (approximately 3.3 miles), all traffic was stopped. It was an amazing sight, as the onlookers were waving and blowing their horns.
Once they arrived at Publix, they were met by Special Olympic Athletes, with their own torches, and proceeded to walk/run through the parking lot. At the end, the athletes each received a medal for their participation.
Since December, 2010, the Sheriff's Office has been involved in several fundraisers. Our first fundraiser was Sheriff's Office employees donated money through payroll deduction. T-shirts and hats were on sale from December, 2010 until the day of the torch run. And lastly, a new fundraiser this year, Tip-A-Cop which was held at Golden Corral.
With the community's help, we raised over $5400.00. Sheriff May addressed the crowd and a check in the amount of $5,400.00 was presented to Laura Collins, Manager of the Law Enforcement Torch Run. Music was provided by the Chobee Steelers while Gary and Doris Hargraves of Wings of Independence and their staff, served a delicious lunch of BBQ, baked beans, coleslaw, dessert and homemade sweet tea, all at no charge. Publix also provided water and fresh fruit for the runners and athletes. Kiwanian JD Mixon was on hand and offered that if there were any athletes that couldn't afford to purchase a shirt, that the Kiwanis would purchase a shirt for them. In all, (26) shirts were purchased.
Our heartfelt thanks go out to all who contributed to our event: Sheriff Paul May and staff, all the runners, Laura Collins-Torch Run Manager, George King-District 9 Director, Chobee Steelers, Commissioner Joey Hoover, Commissioner Bryant Culpepper, JD Mixon and Kiwanis, W & W Lumber, Wal-Mart, Publix, Gary & Doris Hargraves, Wings of Independence staff, ARC staff, Debbie Clements, Okeechobee County Extension Services, Mimi Arnold and many countless volunteers. We apologize if we have forgotten anyone.
See you next year!
Michele Bell, Public Information Officer
Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office
504 NW 4th Street
Okeechobee, Florida 34972
(863)763‐ 7157 (fax)