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Tip A Cop fundraiser for Special Olympics underway in Great Falls

Posted at 6:38 PM, Sep 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-18 20:38:02-04

GREAT FALLS – Montana law enforcement officers served up slices in Great Falls on Tuesday to raise money for Special Olympics Montana.

During the annual Tip-A-Cop fundraiser, officers volunteered their time as ‘celebrity servers’ and collected tips with Special Olympics athletes starting at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at Mackenzie River Pizza.

Restaurant manager Jeremy Fuhringer says each year they are always inundated with customers who want to support Special Olympics.

He says he and his staff look forward to this day all year long.

“It’s huge, the community does a really good job y’know coming down,visiting us. If they can’t come down and donate they can call in and even donate over the phone,” Fuhringer said.

Trooper Jim Humiston of the Montana Highway Patrol said serving up slices is a privilege for all of the officers involved: “I would say one of the greatest things I do for the Montana Highway Patrol is to be involved with the Special Olympics. It’s great.”

Last year the event raised more than $3,800 dollars. For every special “Guardian Pizza” sold, MacKenzie River will donate an extra $2.

This is the seventh year that Mackenzie River Pizza has hosted Tip-A-Cop.

They will be serving up slices and collecting donations until closing time at 9 p.m.

Reporting by Keeley Van Middendorp for MTN News