Special Olympics fundraiser this weekend

Chad Frey

In 2020 the annual Special Olympics was canceled, and with it, the annual torch run by law enforcement that serves as a fund-raiser for the organization.

That just did not sit well with members of law enforcement in McPherson County.

“2020 has been difficult for many, but the Special Olympics has a special group which really missed out on the biggest event in their lives,” said Mikel Golden, chief of police. “We want to help make things better for them and the amazing work of their team.”

To that end, a new fund-raiser has been created. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 12 the Kansas Law Enforcement Torch Run will host a “Cover the Cruiser” event at Wal Mart, 205 S. Centennial Drive.

According to Golden, Assistant Chief Todd Martens, Sheriff Jerry Montagne, and others have been deeply involved with the Special Olympics by supporting the Law Enforcement Torch Run. Martens did a bit of research and found a second program that could help the more than 4,800 Kansas athletes who compete in the event — Cover the Cruiser.

Donors will be able to donate money and write their name on a small sign which gets attached to a patrol unit.

“After the vehicle is covered we will take a photo of the cruiser to send to Special Olympics with the money raised. If it is successful, we will possibly do it again,” Golden said.