Welcome Sheriff Dempsey, 2018 Torch Run Chair

Sheriff Steve Dempsey of King George County has been selected to serve as the Chair of the 2018 Law Enforcement Torch Run. Law Enforcement in Virginia have served as guardians of the Flame of Hope for more than 33 years; all the while raising funds and awareness to support Special Olympics athletes.


“I am humbled and honored to serve as the Torch Run Chair this coming year,” said Sheriff Dempsey. “Together we can achieve great things to benefit these wonderful athletes in all of our communities."


Under the direction of Chief McCoy of the University of Richmond Police Department, the 2017 Torch Run raised more than $1.3 million dollars. Sheriff Dempsey has set the 2018 goal at $1.5 million. Funds raised by the Law Enforcement Torch Run help more than 21,000 athletes in Virginia escape social isolation and get in the game.



$1 Pin-ups at Hardee's Highlight Law Enforcement Volunteers, Benefit Athletes Statewide

From October 17 through November 13, Hardee's locations in Virginia will sell $1 paper pin-ups to benefit Special Olympics Virginia. This campaign marks 37 years of partnership between Boddie-Noell Enterprises (the largest Hardee's franchisee in the United States) and Special Olympics Virginia. Hardee's customers who make a $1 donation will receive a coupon sheet good for big savings on specific Hardee’s menu items. Last year, this campaign raised in excess in $88,000. This year's goal is to reach $100,000 in support of the year-round Virginia Law Enforcement Torch Run initiative and the annual Summer Games event held in Richmond each June.

Back to School Tips & Donations at Wawa

Law Enforcement volunteers from 9 agencies (University of Richmond Police Department, Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office, Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, Chesterfield Sheriff’s Office, Prince William County Sheriff’s Office, Portsmouth Police Department, Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office and Colonial Heights Police Department) traded Back to School Safety messages and words of gratitude for Cover the Cruiser donations for Special Olympics during the 7th annual Wawa With the Law Week held statewide August 28 – September 1. Heaving rains and flooding prevented a few agencies from participating as planned, but this year’s campaign total still exceeded $13,000 from 13 Cover the Cruiser locations. We think that’s Wawa-wonderful!!

Congratulations to Tina Koontz from Aylett, who won the 2017 Harley Davidson raffle. The ticket was sold by Kaitlyn G. of Richmond Harley.

Congratulations to Jerald Helbert from Blountville, Tennessee, who won the 2017 Indian Scout Motorcycle raffle. The winning ticket, #0495, was sold July 4 in Bristol. 


Looking for Torch Run Events? 

We've moved all Torch Run calendar listings to our Special Olympics Virginia calendar, which also includes details on many other ways to get involved in our program. Check it out at www.specialolympicsva.org/calendar.

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