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Cops on Doughnut Shops annual fund-raiser for Special Olympics under way

Albany law enforcement, Krispy Kreme team up to raise dough for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.

Special Olympian Tyechia Luster, right and her sister, Natasha Knighton, hold up a banner in support of Tyechia during Friday’s “Cops on Doughnut Shops” annual fund-raiser for Special Olympics. (Staff Photo: Terry Lewis)

Special Olympian Tyechia Luster, right and her sister, Natasha Knighton, hold up a banner in support of Tyechia during Friday’s “Cops on Doughnut Shops” annual fund-raiser for Special Olympics. (Staff Photo: Terry Lewis)

ALBANY — Albany area law enforcement officers, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and Special Olympics Georgia teamed up Friday, and continuing today, to raise funds for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.

The annual Cops on Doughnut Shops weekend in Albany began Friday and will end at 10 p.m. today. Law enforcement volunteers will be at Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, 400 N. Slappey Blvd., today to accept donations to the Georgia Law Enforcement Torch Run, which benefits Georgia Special Olympics.

In return for their donations, customers will receive a tasty reward ranging from a free original Krispy Kreme glazed doughnut to a complimentary doughnut party for individuals or groups contributing $1,000 or more.

“We’ve been the top fund-raising group in the state for the past two years for the past two years.” said Kristin Caso, special events and marketing coordinator for Albany Parks and Recreation. “We’d like to thank Krispy Kreme for helping Albany raise $13,933 last year for the Torch Run. That’s about $1,000 more than any other city in Georgia.”

Funds raised help offset the expenses of the Georgia games and are used for housing, meals, facility rentals, equipment rentals, medals and other expenses. No intellectually disabled athlete ever pays a fee to participate in a Special Olympics program.