Author: ABtorchrun


FOF9Members of Law Enforcement wrapped up another successful Free Our Finest event at both Edmonton locations raising $10,000 for Special Olympics programs in Alberta. Thank you to everyone that organized, participated in and supported this amazing event!

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2016 Flame of Hope Harley Raffle

We want to send a huge THANK YOU to everyone that supported the Harley Davidson raffle for 2016!  Thanks to the beautiful weather we had an amazing turnout for the draw that saw new Harleys go to three lucky winners.  Over $143,000 was raised for Special Olympics programs in various communities.

Thank you also to Gasoline Alley Harley Davidson for their overwhelming support!

We look forward to your continued support next year.


The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Alberta Flame of Hope raffle raises money for sports programs that benefit athletes with intellectual disabilities all over Alberta.

This year the 2016 draw gave ticket holders the opportunity to win one of three Harley bikes and raised more than $145,000 for Special Olympics Alberta.

On Saturday May 28, Special Olympics Alberta held the draw at Harley- Davidson Gasoline Alley in 37 Petrolia Drive, Red Deer with a barbecue. Special Olympics Alberta-Red Deer athletes and the general public witnessed the draw for the winners for the 2016 Harley-Davidson FLHR Road King, 2016 Harley-Davidson FXDB Street Bob, and the 2015 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883N Iron.


Winner: Gary Mueller
Winning ticket number: 2366

Harley Dyna

Winner: Barb Brinkhrst
Winning ticket number: 5830


Winner: Gord Regehr
Winning ticket number: 2820

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Cops & Crepes 2016


A huge shoutout to all the Cora’s restaurants in Edmonton, Calgary, Airdrie, Grande Prairie, Lethbridge, Okotoks, Red Deer and Sherwood Park that hosted Cops & Crepes 2016! Thanks to all their hard work, as well the participation of many Officers and Special Olympics Alberta athletes, over $50,000 was raised to help support programs throughout Alberta.  We look forward to working with all of you again next year.


Pictured from left to right: Alberta Sheriff’s Deputy Chief Chris Kluthe, RCMP Assistant Commissioner Marlin Degrand, Special Olympics athletes Tammy and Jessica, Cora’s Field Consultant Rob Keroack, Edmonton Police Acting Deputy Chief Brad MacDonald and Special Olympics Alberta CEO Johnny Bryne.

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Tips and Tricks

Tips and Tricks for Plunge Fundraising

Want to take the Plunge but aren’t sure how to go about raising the money? We have some great tricks for you to use!

$150 in 7 days:

  1. Send and email to 3 friends asking for a $10 pledge (and convince them to take the plunge with you!)
  2. Send an email to 3 relatives asking for a $10 pledge
  3. Ask one parent and one sibling for $10 each
  4. Ask 2 neighbours for $10
  5. Ask 5 people at your local hang-out for $5 each
  6. Ask your best friend or significant other for $15 (they should join your team too!)
  7. Add your own personal contribution of $10.

Be a Plunge Champion!:

  1. Make a personal contribution of $25
  2. Ask 3 family members to match your contribution of $25
  3. Ask your best friend to sponsor you for $25
  4. Tell your boss about the corporate challenge and sponsorship opportunities
  5. Ask 5 friends to sponsor you for $10 each
  6. Ask 5 more friends to sponsor you for another $10 each
  7. Tell 5 businesses that you frequent about the corporate challenge and sponsorship opportunities
  8. Ask 5 co-workers to sponsor you for $10
  9. Ask 5 neighbours to sponsor you for $5 each
  10. Ask 10 people from your social circles to sponsor you for $10 each

Email Tag:

Include an email tag with the following icon to let people know about the plunge. You can even hyper link the image to your personal Plunge page.


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2015 Flame of Hope Raffle Draw

The Flame of Hope raffle was a huge success once again this year, selling out one week before the draw. This year’s draw saw the addition of a third bike and raised more than $150,000 for Special Olympics Alberta.

On Saturday, May 30th, our Flame of Hope partner, Gasoline Alley Harley-Davidson, hosted a BBQ for the public draw event, and officers and athletes came out to join the fun!

Winners have been announced on the Special Olympics Alberta website.

The Alberta Law Enforcement Torch Run would once again like to thank Gasoline Alley Harley-Davidson for their amazing continued support of the Flame of Hope Raffle.


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Spring has Sprung for Alberta’s LETR!

What an excellent start to the year we have had!

Our Polar Plunge season brought in $45,000 and raised an immeasurable amount of public awareness! Thank you to all who came out to Plunge, or watch, as well as those who supported from the safety of a pledge!

In February we headed up to Grande Prairie to escort the Flame of Hope as we visited local schools throughout the day, spreading awareness for Special Olympics with the flame, and of course running the flame in the Final Leg to the Opening Ceremonies of the 2015 Provincial Winter Games.

And March came in with the start of a brand new month long campaign with Cora Restaurants. Throughout the entire month, every Cora Restaurant in Alberta raised funds in partnership with the ALETR to support Special Olympics and raise some invaluable awareness.

The Cops and Crepes campaign peaked on the 21st and 22nd of March as officers took on the task of working those tables with Special Olympics Athletes to spread the word about this great partnership between Alberta’s law enforcement and Special Olympics Alberta.

This great event raised over $63,000 and an invaluable amount of public awareness!

Thank you to all who have supported us so far this year! 2015 is shaping up to be incredible as we say goodbye to Winter and head into another spring and summer season of bike rides, roof sits, and runs!


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Edmonton Polar Plunge Raises $21,413.52

The Edmonton leg of the Polar Plunge in early January acheived a new personal best, raising $21,413.52 for Special Olympics Alberta and local Edmonton programs! The brave plungers in Edmonton faced temperatures as low as -30 with the wind chill and I heard some say that the worst part was actually getting out of the water which was a balmy 4 degrees.

A huge thank you goes out to our sponsors for this event, the Edmonton Police Service, Edmonton Fire and Rescue, Northwest Scuba, and the community of Lake Summerside. Huge kudos as well to the top fundraising Team, The Alberta Sheriffs Office, who raised $4,080, and to the top Individual fundraiser, Theresa Murray, who raised $1,100 on her own.

This great event sets the tone for the Plunge season here in Alberta with Lethbridge’s plunge coming up right around the corner on February 21st and the Calgary plunge to follow on March 14th. Registration is still open for both of these locations.

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