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Albany-Dougherty officers raise $15K for Special Olympics

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News release from the The Law Enforcement Torch Run

Albany, GA:  The Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) Committee from Albany-Dougherty County is pleased to announce they raised a total of $15, 341.61 at the eighth annual "Cops on Doughnuts Shops" event last weekend. 

April 30th – May 2nd, local law enforcement combined forces at the Albany Krispy Kreme store to "raise dough" for the Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics Georgia.  Officers from the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office, Dougherty County Police Department, and the Albany Police Department collected donations from customers. 

Several local Special Olympics athletes worked tirelessly with the law enforcement officers throughout the weekend to raise the money. 

Marie Ostrander, Albany-Dougherty LETR coordinator, explained, "I'm so grateful to the community for supporting this event.  We set our goal this year at $15,000.  In this bad economy, to surpass that goal is remarkable and shows just how important Special Olympics Georgia is to this community. 

The money raised will enable Special Olympics athletes to participate in state-level competitions." 

The mission of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics is to raise funds for and awareness of the Special Olympics movement worldwide.  

Law enforcement officers from the 50 United States, 10 Canadian provinces and territories, and 5 countries carry the Flame of Hope in honor of the Special Olympics athletes in their area and around the world.  The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the largest grass-roots fund-raiser and public awareness vehicle for Special Olympics in the world. 

Last year, this international program raised over $30 million to support Special Olympics programs.  More than 85,000 law enforcement officers from thousands of agencies have carried the Flame of Hope and have raised more than $200 million since the Torch Run's inception in 1981.