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City of Ventura - Police Department
Thursday June 16th, 2011 :: 09:34 a.m. PDT


Press release:VPD to Participate in Annual “Tip-A-Cop” Fundraiser for Special Olympics-Ventura County

Incident: Ventura Police Department to Participate in Annual “Tip-A-Cop” Fundraiser Benefiting Special Olympics of Ventura County

Location: Black Angus Restaurant, 4718 Telephone Road, Ventura, 805-644-7323

Date/Time To Occur: Tuesday, June 21, 2011, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Officer(s) Involved: Ventura Police Department Officers

The Ventura Police Department (VPD) will again be sponsoring the Special Olympics “Tip-A-Cop” event on Tuesday, June 21, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at the Black Angus Restaurant located at, 4718 Telephone Road in Ventura, (805) 644-7323.

Tip-A-Cop is a law enforcement fundraising event in which law enforcement officers assist with waiting tables at a local restaurant and collect “tip” donations for Special Olympics. More than a dozen restaurants and eight law enforcement agencies team up throughout the year in support of Tip-A-Cop with the goal being to collect as many donations as possible for Special Olympics of Ventura County.

This is the thirteenth year the VPD has been involved in the Tip-A-Cop program and the fifth year collaborating with Black Angus. We encourage the public, and members of the media, to come and support the event by dining out and meeting local Special Olympics Athletes and Ventura Police Officers as they act as “celebrity servers,” while assisting Black Angus servers throughout the evening. While tips to restaurant servers are encouraged, envelopes will be provided to dining patrons so officers can accept tax-deductible donations. Officers will also be accompanied by Ventura County Special Olympics Athletes who help to serve food and sell raffle tickets and t-shirts. Athletes are anxious to show off their medals and share their Special Olympics experiences.

New this year will also be the addition of silent auction items sponsored by ProSignatures Memorabilia. ProSignatures will be auctioning off authentic, high-quality sports memorabilia and other products. All proceeds from the auction items will go to Special Olympics Ventura County.

“Last year we had a great event and a good time. Together the VPD and Black Angus restaurant raised over $3,100 in tip donations for the Ventura County Special Olympics,” stated Officer Bernadette Compean who helps organize the Special Olympics Torch Run and Tip-A-Cop events for the VPD. “We look forward to another successful year and to our partnership with Special Olympics and Black Angus at this year’s Tip-A-Cop event.”

For over twenty-one years, Ventura County law enforcement agencies have been raising tens of thousands of dollars annually allowing Special Olympics Ventura County to offer year round sports training and competition to over 700 individuals with intellectual disabilities, ages eight years and up, free of charge, in seventeen sports at over forty training sites throughout Ventura County.

For more information on this event, and Special Olympics of Ventura County, please contact Officer Compean at 805-797-8872, or e-mail at, and Special Olympics Regional Director Peggi Preston at 805-650-7717, via e-mail at

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