Thursday dozens of local law enforcement officers traded their uniforms for aprons to assist servers and hosts at Applebee's restaurants across upstate New York and Connecticut, including the Dunkirk location.
As part of the restaurants "Law and Orders" night, the officers teamed-up with Applebee's staff to serve customers, bus tables and collect tips - all in the hopes of raising funds for Special Olympics athletes across New York state.
Many people came out to meet the law enforcement officers and speak with representatives from Applebee's and Special Olympics about how this program helps more than 51,000 local athletes.
OBSERVER Photo by Matt Panebianco
Special Olympics Dunkirk athletes and Applebee’s employees take a photo as part of “Law and Orders” night.
Participating Applebee's restaurants included: Rensselaer, Glenmont, Hudson, Latham, Saratoga Springs, Schenectady, Queensbury, Batavia, Gates, Geneseo, Greece, Henrietta, Hornell, Irondequoit, Binghamton, Vestal, Elmira, Auburn, Camillus, Dewitt, North Syracuse, Liverpool, Brewster, Kingston, Utica, New Hartford, Amherst, Blasdell, Buffalo, Cheektowaga, Dunkirk, Jamestown, Lancaster, Lockport, Niagara Falls, Olean, West Seneca and Williamsville.
It is not too late to support the Special Olympics. Dunkirk High School will host the Western Regional bocce tournament Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Special Olympics Dunkirk athletes (Dunkirk Lakers) will participate. The public is welcome.