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Law enforcement takes over Red Robin for charity

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YAKIMA, Wash. – Members of the Yakima Police Department and the Yakima County Sheriff's Office waited on customers at the Red Robin restaurant Saturday for the annual "Tip-a-Cop" fundraiser benefiting Special Olympics of Washington.

Law enforcement agencies have worked to support the non-profit for years and it is their charity of choice in the state.

"It started back in the 80s," recalls Megan Cypher of the sheriff's office. "It's grown from a small grass roots fundraiser to one of the largest for Special Olympics worldwide."

Diners are able to buy T-shirts as well as leave donations to help the non-profit. The money raised at the restaurant will help the 800 athletes in Yakima County competing in the Special Olympics.

Officers, deputies, and other members of both agencies took turns helping the restaurant's wait staff from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.