Applebee's, law enforcement team up for Special Olympics Sept. 20

Sep 06, 2018
Rockland officer Troy Peasley, second from left, poses with Applebee's mascots and employee's of the chain's Thomaston store. The restaurant will sponsor fundraisers for Special Olympics during September.

Thomaston — Applebee’s of Thomaston will be hosting its annual Tip-A-Cop fundraiser for Special Olympics Maine Thursday, Sept. 20, from 4 to 8 p.m..

Local law enforcement, fire, EMS, and Coast Guard members will be volunteering their time assisting the waitstaff to raise money for Special Olympics. Envelopes will be left on every table and patrons may tip any amount anonymously toward the cause. During the last two years, this Thomaston event set state Tip-A-Cop records for the most money raised.

Troy Peasley from the Rockland Police Department, Justin Hills from the Waldoboro Police Department, and Barbara Brown, Thomaston Applebee’s manager, are organizing the event.

The public can bid on several auction items from now until the event, including a solid wood cabinet valued at $325 and dinner of the month for two at Applebee’s for one year, valued at $480.

The Applebee’s bee and apple mascots will be on hand, as well as McGruff, the crime dog, and Sparky. Local Special Olympics athletes will also be in attendance.

In addition, Applebee’s will be hosting three other events before Sept. 20 to support Special Olympics Maine.

Monday, Sept. 10, at 8 p.m., there will be a 21 and older paint night for $40; paint supplies are included, as well as a Sangria drink and appetizer.

Saturday, Sept. 15, from 8 to 9:30 a.m., there will be a pancake breakfast for $10, which includes sausages, scrambled eggs, coffee, milk and orange juice (blueberry pancakes are $2 extra).

And Wednesday evening, Sept. 19, Applebee’s Dining to Donate program will donate a percentage of every meal sold to Special Olympics Maine.

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