The only tickets that Wilton Police Officers will be writing on Thursday evening, Nov. 10 at Cactus Rose Restaurant are the ones that include a food and beverage order, and it’s all to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut.

That’s when the Wilton Police Department once again will host a Tip-A-Cop event, with all proceeds helping to support the Special Olympics Connecticut. Wilton police officers will be at Cactus Rose on Thursday, Nov. 10 from 6-10 p.m., assisting restaurant staff in taking orders and serving meals to restaurant patrons. At the end of the event, all tips the officers receive for their efforts will go to Special Olympics Connecticut to support its year-round sports, health and fitness programs for athletes of all abilities.

Cactus Rose is located in the River Plaza shopping mall at 5 River Rd. in Wilton Center. Tip-A-Cop is one of several events that help the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Connecticut, one of the movement’s largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicles. This year-round program involves law enforcement officers from across the state who volunteer their time to raise awareness and funds through events including Tip-a-Cops, Cop-on-Tops, and Jail N’ Bail fundraisers.

In addition, each year in June, over 1,500 officers and athletes carry the Special Olympics “Flame of Hope” through hundreds of cities and towns across the state, covering over 530 miles over three days. The runners run the “Final Leg” and light the ceremonial cauldron during Opening Ceremonies for the Special Olympics Connecticut Summer Games.

Special Olympics Connecticut provides year-round sports training and competitions for close to 13,000 athletes of all ages with intellectual disabilities and their Unified Sports partner teammates. Through the joy of sport, the Special Olympics movement transforms lives and communities throughout the state and in 170 countries around the world by promoting good health and fitness and inspiring inclusion and respect for all people, on and off the playing field.