Fountain Valley Tip-A-Cop draws a huge crowd to support Special Olympics – Orange County Register

The safest place you could be last Thursday, Sept. 14, was Claim Jumper Restaurant.

The popular eatery was swarming with police officers, SWAT members, police dogs and firefighters.

It was also packed with residents as the Fountain Valley Police Department held its annual Tip-A-Cop event, a fundraiser for the Southern California Special Olympics.

Each year, police officers raise funds for the Special Olympics by selling 50-50 tickets, holding a silent auction and selling Special Olympics T-shirts and other memorabilia.

Thursday’s event drew one of the biggest crowds ever for the event.

The most popular police officer there has four legs, a tail and very large fangs. Perro, one of two of the department’s K9 officers, was a big hit as his handler, Senior Officer Bill Hughes, guided him through the crowded restaurant to greet customers.

Among the many people there, we spotted Police Chief Kevin Childe and two of his predecessors – former chiefs Dan Llorens and Paul Sorrell. Sgt. Donny Farmer, PD Management Analyst George Mavritsakis and recently promoted Capt. Matt Sheppard.

Chamber of Commerce President Mary Parsons and former Chamber President Bev White was there, as was Star Real Estate’s Susan Saurastri and Joyce Palozzo Groe.

Active and always supportive city volunteers Annette Schwerin, Nora Little, Ana Vega and Bill and Tracy Cameron were there. Spotted Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol member Jean Hard (she’s also a Woman’s Club member), Carl Abend and Mike Snow. Planning Commissioner Brad Gaston and wife Valorie were there and so were John Etheridge Sr., wife, Martie along with Maggie Etheridge-Ureno and Edward Ureno. Also saw Woman’s Club members Margaret Abend and Molly Guyot.

Apologies to those I saw but didn’t mention. A big thank you to those who attended and stepped up to support the Special Olympics.

Mark your calendars:

The fourth annual Chef Off to Benefit Alzheimer’s Family Center, this year themed “Cruise on the Mediterranean,” will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28, at Palm Island Senior Apartment Homes.

The fundraising event will feature five chefs from local senior assisted living homes who will serve Mediterranean-inspired gourmet dishes to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer’s Family Center.

Cost is $20.

Palm Island Senior Apartment Homes are at 11300 Warner Ave. To purchase tickets or for more information, call Amanda Urrutia at 714-546-5404 or…

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