The Hillsborough Police Department is raising money for Special Olympics North Carolina with two upcoming events:
Hillsborough officers will sell T-shirts and conduct a “Drop in the Hat” event from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Historic Courthouse Square, 100 E. King St. this Friday during this month’s Last Fridays arts celebration.
Drop in the Hat encourages people to drop a small donation in officers’ hats to benefit Special Olympics athletes. The fundraising event was suggested by Cpl. Keith Bradshaw. While off duty, he, Sgt. Jason Winn and Officer Michael Toellen conducted the event in June at Hampton Pointe Shopping Center and raised more than $1,000.
Officers will be selling this year’s N.C. Law Enforcement Torch Run T-shirts for $15 for a cotton version and $20 for a running version.
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Next month, the second annual charity golf tournament will take place at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at Shamrock Golf Course, 1722 Shamrock Drive in Burlington. The event will begin with a shotgun start and will follow a four-player “captain’s choice” format. Teams can register for $50 per player, which includes cart rental, lunch and greens fee. Registration is limited to 108 players, and the deadline to register is Monday, Aug. 1.
For more information or to register, contact any of the following:
▪ Jackie Irby, who is helping the agency organize the tournament — 919-971-3827
▪ Hillsborough Sgt. Nick Chelenza — 336-213-3618
▪ Hillsborough Cpl. Tereasa King — 919-732-2441, ext. 26
Hillsborough police have set a goal of raising $10,000 this year for Special Olympics, which helps individuals with intellectual disabilities overcome barriers through sports. Last year, the department raised more than $7,100 with various events, including a golf tournament and 5K run. The agency’s fundraising is part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run Campaign for Special Olympics North Carolina, which consists of law enforcement agencies and corrections departments across the state.