Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Special Olympics Folo

Special Olympics Folo

Boise, April 18, 2006 – Officers from around the valley helped raise an estimated $25,000 for athletes of the Idaho Special Olympics last weekend.

Boise Police Officer Tim Beaudoin spent the weekend camped out on top of the Krispy Kreme Donut Shop at Eagle Fairview, taking pledges for donations. Officers also waited tables at local Red Robin restaurants collecting tips for Special Olympics. The fundraiser ran from Thursday, April 13 to Saturday, April 15th.

All the officers involved volunteered their time for the effort. Officers came from many local law enforcement agencies including Boise PD, Ada County Sheriff, Meridian PD, Garden City PD, Idaho State Police, Emmett PD, Twin Falls PD, NampaPD, Canyon County Sheriff, Payette County Sheriff, McCall PD, Idaho Fish and Game, the Department of Correction, and Probation and Parole officers.

"It’s personally very rewarding to be able to help out this incredible program that does so much to benefit some very special members of this community," said Capt. Jim Kerns of the Boise Police Department, who helped organize the events. "Special Olympics athletes are some of the most giving people I’ ve ever met, it’s wonderful to be able to give a little back to them."

Officers involved would like to thank the media for their coverage, which helped spread the word about the event, to the many people who generously donated, and to those who gave their time and talents helping sponsor or organize the find raiser.