Tully's Good Times Restaurants in Amherst, Clarence and Cheektowaga have joined forces with the Special Olympics NY Western Region to raise money for the upcoming Special Olympics New York State Summer Games, taking place June 6-8.
"We are inviting all law enforcement agencies and the Buffalo community to partake in this giving effort to support one of the country's greatest philanthropic events," said Sam Bregande of Tully's Good Times.
Every Thursday through June 8, Tully's will designate the day "Special Thursday" to support the Special Olympics. Based upon sales of "Tully's Tender," Buffalo chicken tender and Asian chicken tender dinners, Tully's will donate a percentage of money to the Special Olympics.
"Special Thursdays" begins with some law and order this Thursday, Feb. 20, from 5-8 p.m. at all area Tully's locations (8070 Main St., Clarence; 1449 French Road, Depew; 1459 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst). Law enforcement officers and local officials will take their oath to "serve" and protect to a new level, trading in their handcuffs and badges for menus and serving trays to assist servers at Tully's.
Donations will benefit Special Olympics New York and the Law Enforcement Torch Run. The Torch Run is part of a year-round, grassroots fundraising campaign by law enforcement agencies to benefit their local Special Olympics program. Throughout New York, local law enforcement agencies have raised more than $1.5 million for the athletes of Special Olympics.
"There's no ceiling on how much we can raise. This is our way of partnering with law enforcement officers, with their strong history of fundraising, as well as helping Buffalo support a great cause," Bregande said.
Special Olympics is the largest amateur sports organization in the world and provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympic athletes and the community - at no cost to the athlete, their family or caregivers.