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The mission of the Northern California Law Enforcement Torch Run®, (LETR) in partnership with our communities, is to support Special Olympics Northern California through fundraising and public awareness, while enhancing the quality of life of our athletes. It is a year round fundraising campaign with a wide variety of fundraising events taking place throughout the year, culminating at the Special Olympics Northern California Summer Games in June.
Law Enforcement Torch Run Resources
We've created a page with lots of resources for you as you plan your Torch Run fundraising efforts. You'll find everything from accounting forms to contact information as close as a click on a link. We've even created a user friend link for easy access - www.LETRResources.com.
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The History of the Law Enforcement Torch Run
The Law Enforcement Torch Run® began in 1981 when Wichita, Kansas Police Chief Richard LaMunyon saw a need to raise awareness of and funds for Special Olympics. He conceived the idea of the Torch Run as a way to involve local law enforcement with their communities and Special Olympics, by running the torch in intrastate relays that converge at their local Summer Games.
Now a global event, all 50 states and more than 35 foreign countries participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run®, generating more than $34 million a year for Special Olympics Programs around the world. Since its inception in 1981, the Law Enforcement Torch Run® has raised more than $100,000,000 worldwide. It is the largest grass roots fundraising program and public awareness vehicle for Special Olympics.
More than 3,000 law enforcement personnel from Federal, Military, State, County and Local agencies participate in the Torch Run campaign. Funds are raised year-round through a variety of activities, such as; Tip‐A‐Cops, Building Sits (Badges with Buckets), Polar Plunges, T‐Shirt Sales and many more. Every June, hundreds of law enforcement personnel carry the Special Olympics Torch - the Flame of Hope® through counties all over Northern California, culminating at the Opening Ceremonies of the state Summer Games. As one of the state’s largest grassroots fundraising efforts, the Law Enforcement Torch Run®has become the single largest supporter of Special Olympics.
For more information about getting your agency involved, please contact Ruth Sanchez, Director, Law Enforcement Torch Run at RuthS@sonc.org or 925-944-8801 x 211.