Dear Fellow Torch Runners,
We hope this letter finds all of you doing well. We are more than half way through our fundraising year for the NC Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympic s NC and our total raised to-date is over $610,000. We know many of you and your agencies are continuing fundraising activities. Please continue to notify us about your events by sending an email to MZaski@sonc.net.
The pace we have in fundraising needs to continue if we are to reach our $1 million goal by the end of the year. We are confident this can be done if each agency continues to work towards the goals we set in January 2015. We have a variety of important special promotional fundraisers in the coming months with Truck Convoy, Over the Edge, Red Robin and CiCi’s Pizza. The Cici’s Pizza campaign will be July 13- August 2nd with “Cover the Cruiser Day” at Cici’s on July 30.
Thank you to everyone who participated in and/or helped support the Final Leg in Raleigh as part of the SONC Summer Games. And although the weather was hot, the Final Leg was a tremendous success! For the second year in a row, the Circle of Honor during the Opening Ceremonies at the Walnut Creek Amphitheater was a great success. The officers who participated were rewarded by cheers from the crowd of more than 2,500 athletes, their coaches, family members, volunteers, sponsors, and guests.
A special thank you to the officers who stayed and presented medals on Saturday at Cardinal Gibbons High School during the track & field competition. The athletes were so very honored to have uniformed officers place medals and ribbons around the their necks. To the officers who participated, please spread the word so next year we can have even more agencies participate in presenting awards on Saturday of the Summer Games. Mark your calendars for June 3-5, 2016, the next SONC Summer Games in Raleigh.
The Special Olympics World Summer Games Final Leg will be July 11-25, followed by the World Games competition July 26-August 2 in Los Angeles, CA. We are excited for all the athletes who are competing in this event as well as law enforcement officers who will bring the Flame of Hope to Los Angeles. Winston-Salem Police Officer Al Negron will represent North Carolina in the Final Leg. We wish him and the athletes from North Carolina who are part of Special Olympics USA the very best of luck in their travels and participation!
Please continue to mentor agencies and bring new ones into the Torch Run Family. Reach out to agencies near you that are not as active as maybe they once were. If there are agencies that are no longer active, let us know and we will contact them. Council members as well as Special Olympics NC staff traveled to the southern part of the state earlier this year to visit with agencies to see how we could best serve them so they increase their involvement in the NC Torch Run. Also in the past month at the invitation of Morrisville Police Chief Ira Jones, the SONC President and a Special Olympics NC Global Messenger met with more than 100 executive staff of law enforcement agencies from Wake County to thank them for their involvement and encourage those not involved to join our efforts. We also have a trip planned for the eastern/coastal region of the state in late July so if there are agencies that need to be contacted, please let us know.
We end by saying, we are always looking for ways to grow our Torch Run so that it continues to be among the top Law Enforcement Torch Runs in the world! If you have ideas please give us a call.
With best regards,
Claudia Morgan Keith Jones
Winston-Salem Police Dept. Guilford County Sheriff’s Office (retired)
NCLETR Co-State Director NCLETR Co-State Director
(336) 837-7151 (336) 314-3240