Members 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!
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.
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.
1st PRIZE 2016 HARLEY-DAVIDSON FLHR ROAD KING
Winner: Gary Mueller
Winning ticket number: 2366
2nd PRIZE 2016 HARLEY-DAVIDSON FXDB STREET BOB
Winner: Barb Brinkhrst
Winning ticket number: 5830
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.
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!
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!
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.