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Weld SO partners with Dutch Bros Coffee for ‘Badges with Buckets’

Posted on 02/28/2020

Weld County Sheriff’s Office deputies will be at Dutch Bros Coffee in Greeley all day Saturday to raise money for Special Olympics Colorado.

The “Badges with Buckets for Special Olympics” fundraiser takes place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Dutch Bros Coffee location in Greeley, 4704 W. 24th St. Dutch Bros Coffee will donate $1 for every cup of coffee sold on Saturday to Special Olympics Colorado. Deputies also will have buckets to collect additional donations from the public.

Weld County deputies Zachery Poulsen, Breanna Thompson, Emerson McDaniel, Joseph Howard, Nathan Burke, Joshua Kiburz, Sgt. Cory Channel and Lt. Marcy Roles-Foos will be at Dutch Bros passing out sheriff’s office swag and showing off a real patrol cruiser.

Joining them in the morning will be athletes Jason Encinias, 44, who competes in volleyball, basketball, bowling and bocce ball; Linda Sabala, 37, who competes in basketball, volleyball and bocce ball; and Crystal Dale, 34, who competes in bocce ball. Later in the afternoon, the deputies will be joined by athletes Kristy Welch, 19, and Connor Wellos, 20, who both compete in bowling, basketball and swimming.

“This is a great opportunity to meet with deputies, see a patrol car up close and personal, and get the chance to meet, ask questions, and interact with some of our Special Olympics athletes,” said deputy Poulsen, who also is co-deputy director of Region 3 of Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Colorado. “Having the athletes on-hand will definitely help people understand the reach of Special Olympics programs and how their donations are going to a worthy cause.”

Special Olympics was the genesis of a summer camp hosted by Sargent and Eunice Kennedy Shriver, President John F. Kennedy’s sister, in the backyard of their Maryland home. The first International Special Olympics Games were hosted in 1968 at Soldier Field in Chicago. In December of that year, the Joseph P. Kennedy Foundation incorporated Special Olympics.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run came later when in 1981 Wichita police Chief Richard LaMunyon hosted the first Special Olympics Torch Run. Two years later, Chief LaMunyon presented the program to the International Association of Chiefs of Police, which voted to endorse the Torch Run. With the support of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Law Enforcement Torch Run program has become the largest public awareness and fundraising group for Special Olympics.

Special Olympics Colorado Law Enforcement Torch Run Region 3 encompasses 38 law enforcement agencies in Weld, Larimer, Lincoln, Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington and Yuma counties. Last year, Colorado’s Law Enforcement Torch Run regions raised more than $1 million combined for Special Olympics. It was the first time in state history the Law Enforcement Torch Run surpassed $1 million in annual donations.

The Weld County Sheriff’s Office participates in five Special Olympics fundraising events each year, including Tip-a-Cop in partnership with Chili’s Grill & Bar, Plane Pull at Denver International Airport, the Torch Run through Weld County, Badges with Buckets in partnership with Dutch Bros Coffee and next weekend’s Polar Plunge.

For more information about Special Olympics Colorado or to donate, visit SpecialOlympicsCO.org. For more information about the Law Enforcement Torch Run, visit SpecialOlympicsCO.org/LETR.