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California Pizza Kitchen Hosts ‘Tip A Cop’

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

Burbank police officers and members of the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run teamed up Wednesday evening, April 25, to help raise funds for Special Olympics. while serving food and drinks at California Pizza Kitchen.

Over a dozen police officers, Cadets and Explorers served as waiters and order takers. Some even worked the beer tap.

The restaurant was packed for the evening and Gerri Davis McCorkle a Special Olympics representative who was a former Burbank Police Cadet, said the tips for the evening were rolling in better than expected.

Here is a photo gallery from the evening, click on any image to see it larger.

 

Burbank Police Officers Serve Diners To Help Special Olympics

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Burbank police officers and cadets teamed up with waiters from Chevy’s for Tip A Cop to benefit Special Olympics on Tuesday evening, October 24.  Members of the Burbank Police Department waited tables and even helped whip up some guacamole for customers.

On the televisions in the background, the Dodgers were already leading in the first game of the World Series so the mood was upbeat inside the restaurant.

(Photo Courtesy Josselyn Partida

Patrons were generous in tipping the servers.Many diners donated more than twenty dollars and walked away with a Special Olympics t-shirt.

Burbank police officers brought out their newly custom painted pink SUV recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Painted at no cost to the department by West Coast Customs, the bright pink police vehicle was parked in front of Chevy’s doors. Throughout the evening, people enjoyed posing for photos with the SUV.

 

 

Special Olympics ‘Torch of Hope’ Get’s Burbank Police Assistance Through the City

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The Special Olympics ‘Torch of Hope’ arrived in Burbank Wednesday afternoon after it was handed off from LAPD Officers at Clybourn and Riverside Drive. The torch was handed off from LAPD Valley Traffic Detective and Burbank resident William Bustos.

The special torch made its way through Southern California this whole week in preparation for the Special Olympics that start June 10 and 11 at Cal State Long Beach.

This is the 30th year the torch has had a Law Enforcement escort. The torch is always handled by a sworn law enforcement officer and can be assisted by non-sworn runners.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The torch gets refilled or relighted if necessary by Special Olympic escorts. The escort that assisted Burbank was a bittersweet moment for Gerri Davis McCorkle, a former Burbank Cadet back during 1980’s. McCorkle, who has stayed in Law Enforcement rising to the rank of Sergent with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, just recently retired along with her husband, LASO Commander Mark McCorkle. They both continue to serve the Special Olympics in many ways.

The torch run was conducted by over a dozen Burbank Officers, escorted by motorcycle officers and the department’s Bearcat armored vehicle.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

 They proceeded up Olive Avenue to the Police Station, posed for pictures and then ran the torch up to Glenoaks Blvd., meeting with their Glendale counterparts and handed off the torch at Glenoaks Blvd. and Alameda.

The Special Olympics are free to the public and all the entrants would love the community’s support at the games. 

 

Special Starlight Bowl Concert Entertained Thousands With Olympiads

The Special Olympics delegation visiting Burbank from Botswana and Zimbabwe had another action packed fun filled day from their Burbank hosts.

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Captain Cardiac and the Coronaries joined by Jeff Worthe President of Worthe Real Estate Group who brought the concert to Starlight Bowl FREE the community and Special Olympic athletes. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Starting off the morning with breakfast at the Canyon Grille at DeBell, the athletes got to enjoy some practice on the putting green before having to load the buses for their daily workout at the Y.M.C.A.

The delegation headed to Disney Studios where they received a tour and found out that Disneyland was created by Walt Disney whose offices were right there on the lot in Burbank. After tours and pictures it was time to load the buses, head home and get ready for a concert at the Starlight Bowl.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The athletes enjoyed dinner with Burbank’s elected officials served by the Worthe Real Estate Group employees before a concert by famed musicians Captain Cardiac and the Coronaries. The concert was free to the public as a gift from the Worthe Real Estate Group. The companies President Jeff Worthe was on hand to greet the athletes and help present medals.

Before the concert began, every athlete received a special medal presented to them from City Council members.

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(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Coronaries entertained the crowd with countless oldies that their so well known for. At one time they started a conga line that went up the aisles and down before the group returned to the stage for several additional numbers.

Special to the guests in attendance was a dance from the Botswana delegation.

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Mayor Bob Frutos is joined on the dance floor by his wife Laura Frutos. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

 

 

 

 

 

Special Olympics Torch Comes To City Hall Amid Big Ceremony

City officials along with hundreds of Burbank residents showed up to Burbank City Hall for the law enforcements final leg of the Special Olympics Torch Run. The arrival did not disappoint anyone in attendance along with the all the hoop-la that came with it.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank’s Special Olympics delegates were seated in white chairs along with other honored guests. City Manager Mark Scott emceed the event and had the crowd smiling and laughing the entire morning.

Burbank Mayor Bob Frutos, who asked his fellow Council members last year for Burbank to serve as a Host Town, was overjoyed with excitement as he welcomed those in attendance and all the athletes.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The athletes were guests of the Burbank Fire Department before the ceremonies for breakfast served by Burbank Firefighters and members of Fire Fighter Local 778. The guests posed for pictures along with trying on helmets after their full buffet breakfast that included pancakes, waffles, eggs, fruit and juices of their choice. Following breakfast the athletes posed for a group picture in front of Burbank Fire Truck 11 with all their new firefighter friends.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The athletes had a busy day exercising at the Burbank YMCA, followed by lunch catered by Poquito Mas and activities hosted by Saint Joseph Medical Center with the help of Warner Brother volunteers. They then got to draw animated pictures with the help of artists from Warner Brothers.

They then went on a tour of Warner Brothers followed by a dinner hosted by Burbank Water & Power and members of IBEW.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

 

Burbank to Host Special Olympics Delegations

Burbank announced it will host Special Olympics Delegations (which include athletes and coaches) from Botswana and Zimbabwe as part of the Special Olympics World Games Host Town program. Before the World Games begin on July 25, 2015, more than 7,000 athletes from 177 countries will be welcomed to communities throughout Southern California. The two Delegations from Africa will spend July 21-24, 2015, in and around Burbank as they become acclimated to the time zone, enjoy activities that Burbank has to offer and prepare to compete at the World Games.

The Host Town program in Burbank is a collaboration between the City of Burbank, Woodbury University and the Burbank Chamber of Commerce. Together, they will welcome the Special Olympics athletes and coaches and provide the delegations food, housing and entertainment.

“The Host Town program gives each community an opportunity to showcase to the world what makes them special, but more importantly to provide citizens with a better understanding of intellectual disabilities that will lead to acceptance and inclusion for all,” said Patrick McClenahan, President and CEO of LA2015. “Long after the World Games are over, the memories of those three days spent at Host Town will leave a lasting legacy for Special Olympics Southern California and everyone who was touched by our athletes. We are thankful to all participating Host Towns and their tireless volunteers for opening their doors – and their hearts – to our athletes and coaches.”

Woodbury University has generously offered to house the athletes in the campus dorms from Tuesday until Friday morning. In addition, the athletes will receive a unique opportunity to enjoy Burbank’s attractions during their stay thanks to donations made by the Worthe Real Estate Group, The Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros., and more.

To learn more about how you can get involved with the Burbank Host Town program and to find more about the community events that will take place that week, please visit www.burbankca.gov/specialolympics.

The Host Town program has been an important element of Special Olympics World Games since 1995, and the experience has left a lasting impression on the local communities in Ireland, Japan, China, Greece, South Korea and the United States, all of which have previously organized Host Town programs as part of the Special Olympics World Games.

For more information on the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit LA2015.org and on social with #ReachUpLA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Burbank Selected as Host Town for Special Olympics in 2015

A special ceremony took place at City Hall the other night welcoming the Special Olympics to Burbank (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

A special ceremony took place at City Hall the other night welcoming the Special Olympics to Burbank (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank to Open Doors as “Host Town” for the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015

Burbank announced that the community has been officially selected to participate in the Special Olympics World Games “Host Town” program from July 21 – 24, 2015. The city will provide culture, training and accommodations to international athletes in July 2015.

Before the Special Olympics World Games begin on July 25, 2015, more than 7,000 athletes from 177 countries will be welcomed to Southern California through the “Host Town” program. One hundred communities from San Luis Obispo to San Diego will have the honor of being selected as an official Host Town.

Pictured are Burbank Mayor Dr. David Gordon, Allen Wales Special Olympics World Games Global Messenger and Patrick McClelahan World Game President and CEO. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Pictured are Burbank Mayor Dr. David Gordon, Allen Wales Special Olympics World Games Global Messenger and Patrick McClelahan World Game President and CEO. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Host Town program is an exciting way for Southern California locals to open our doors and show the athletes and coaches from around the world our hospitality and our culture,” said Patrick McClenahan, president and chief executive officer of LA2015, the Games Organizing Committee. “This is an important part of the World Games experience and a truly meaningful way for different communities to be part of the Games and create lasting memories for our visiting athletes.”

Special Oympics @ Council -2As a Host Town, Burbank will take advantage of its unique reputation as the “Media Capital of the World” and its convenient proximity to Los Angeles to offer the athletes a variety of exciting events. Woodbury University will provide accommodations for the Special Olympics World Games athletes during their stay in Burbank.

The Host Town program has been an important element of Special Olympics World Games since 1995, and the experience has left a lasting impression on the local communities in Ireland, Japan, China, Greece, South Korea and the United States, all of which have previously organized Host Town programs as part of the Special Olympics World Games.

About the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games- with 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 177 countries, along with 30,000 volunteers and an anticipated 500,000 spectators, the 2015 Special Olympics World Games – being staged in Los Angeles July 25 – August 2, 2015 – will be the largest sports-and-humanitarian event anywhere in the world in 2015, and the single biggest event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Tip-A-Cop Goes a Long Way to Helping Special Olympics

Burbank Police Sgt. John Pfrommer serves dinner during 'Tip A Cop" event at Black Angus. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police Sgt. John Pfrommer serves dinner during ‘Tip A Cop” event at Black Angus. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Tuesday night several residents and others went to Black Angus in Burbank to support Tri-Valley Special Olympics. Members of the Burbank Police worked as waiters, bus boys, and all tips they received went to Tri-Valley Special Olympics.

Local business Airmark enjoyed dinner and afterwards made a sizable donation to the Special Olympics which also got them a personal thank you from Burbank Police Chief Scott LaChasse.

Local business managers from Armark join Chief Scott LaChasse during Tip A Cop at Black Angus, they made a sizable donation to Special Olympics. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Local business managers from Armark join Chief Scott LaChasse during Tip A Cop at Black Angus, they made a sizable donation to Special Olympics. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank City Councilmen Bob Frutos with his wife Laura supported 'Tip A Cop' Frutos himself a Police Officer for LAPD, is a large supporter of Special Olympics. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank City Councilmen Bob Frutos with his wife, Laura, supported ‘Tip A Cop’. Frutos, himself a Police Officer for LAPD, is a large supporter of Special Olympics. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police Lt. John Dilbert was caught busing tables during the event. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police Lt. John Dilbert was caught busing tables during the event. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Enjoying the evening supporting Tip A Cop is Capt. Mike Albanese, Deputy Chief Tom Angle, Dr. Jennifer Hunt and Chief Scott LaChasse. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Enjoying the evening supporting Tip A Cop is Capt. Mike Albanese, Deputy Chief Tom Angle, Dr. Jennifer Hunt and Chief Scott LaChasse. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

 

Burbank Police Employees Participate in Special Olympics Torch Run

The 2013 Southern California Law Enforcement Torch Run involves more than 2,000 officers carrying the torch more than 500 miles through more than 150 communities. In a continuing commitment to support the torch run, Burbank Police Sergeant Scott Meadows brought together both sworn and civilian personnel for this year’s 4.3 mile run through Burbank.

Burbank Police Officer Joel Rodriguez K-9 handler, receives the torch from a Los Angeles Police North Hollywood Division Officer. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police Officer Joel Rodriguez K-9 handler, receives the torch from a Los Angeles Police North Hollywood Division Officer. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank’s Police Department received the torch from the Los Angeles Police Department-North Hollywood Division, at Riverside and Clybourn and were joined there by Olympians Matthew Raymundi and Fred Orr.  The Olympians ran with police for portions of the 4.3 mile course.  The group ran up Riverside to Olive, continued up Olive, over the I-5 freeway to San Fernando, turned onto Orange Grove, and stopped at the police station for a few photographs.

A number of Burbank Police personnel that were in the station stepped outside to greet the runners, as they took a much needed water break.

This years Burbank Police Departments Special Olympic Torch Runners. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

This years Burbank Police Departments Special Olympic Torch Runners. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

As a special treat for the Olympians, Burbank’s K-9 handlers, already running the route, picked up their dogs at the station so they could join them for the final leg of the run.  The Olympians, Matthew Raymundi and Fred Orr were visibly excited as the group ran with “Steevo” and “Kimo” during the final leg of the Torch Run through Burbank.

Burbank runners handed off the torch to our neighboring Glendale Police Department, at Glenoaks and Alameda, and wished them well for their portion of the Torch Relay.

The following Burbank Police personnel sacrificed their time and effort to support the department in the Special Olympics Southern California Law Enforcement Torch Relay.

 

Lieutenant JJ Puglisi                                       Sergeant Scott Meadows

Sergeant Adam Cornils                                  Detective Brent Dyrness

Detective Peter Eirich                                     Detective Jeff Lamoureaux

Officer Jesus Espindola                                 Officer Sarah Brady

Jail Technician Dawna Jurecka                     Parking Enforcement Officer Marlene Montalvo

K-9 Handler Joel Rodriguez & K9 “Kimo”      K-9 Handler John Embleton & K9 “Steevo”

 

In addition,were members of the Traffic Bureau, who assisted with traffic control to create a safe running lane for the runners throughout the course:

 

Sergeant Kerry Schilf                                     Officer Dan Turpin

Officer Chris Hensley                                     Officer Todd Burns

Officer Steve Maxwell                                    Officer Randy Lloyd

Burbank Police run past the new Burbank Studios at Olive & Alameda Avenue. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police run past the new Burbank Studios at Olive & Alameda Avenue. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Special Olympics Holds Torch Relay Through Burbank

Burbank Police Officers run the Special Olympic's Torch past NBC Wednesday afternood. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Burbank Police Department participated in the Special Olympics Torch Run Wednesday  afternoon as Burbankers came out and cheered on members of the Burbank Police Department as they passed through the city.

Burbank police officers on the running team accepted the torch from the Los Angeles Police Department’s North Hollywood Division team in Toluca Lake at Riverside Dr.and Clybourn Ave around 12:50 in the afternoon.

The torch was carried through the heart of Burbank (Photo By Craig Sherwood)

Special Olympic athletes, with the assistance of the officers, carried the torch up Olive Ave. with a quick stop at NBC before proceeding up to San Fernando Blvd.  After making the left, they then proceeded up to the front of the Burbank Police Station.

There was a brief presentation ceremony on the steps of the station, before the runners continued with the torch on Glenoaks Blvd. to the city limits which ended at Big Mama’s and Papa’s Pizza at Alameda and Glenoaks.  The torch was then passed to the team from the Glendale Police Department.

In addition to the Torch Run, the Burbank Police Department is also be taking part in the “Tip-A-Cop” event on June 12, at the Black Angus Restaurant, 235 S. First St.  Between 5 and 9 p.m., department personnel will be serving as waiters and entertainment to raise

Special Olympians Matthew Raymundi, Marisa Watkins, Fred Orr join Burbank Police Detective Martha Jimenez with the Special Olympic Torch. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

funds for the Special Olympics.  All of the funds raised will go to local athletes.  It helps pay for transportation, training, and equipping athletes of all ages who participate in the program for the developmentally disabled.

For additonal information about the Tri Valley Special Olympics program, contact Laura Mayo, Regional Directo, at 818-342-0017 or 661-253-2121, or visit their website at www.sosc.org.