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Police Officers Serve at Applebee's for 'Law and Orders' Benefit

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VESTAL, N.Y. -

Some police around the New York State on Thursday are putting their guns down in order to serve.

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar locations across central New York teamed up with local police departments and Special Olympics New York for “Law and Orders”, an evening of raising awareness for individuals with disabilities, and to raise funds to benefit Special Olympic athletes in New York.

The fundraiser has state and local law enforcement officials joining the staff at Applebee’s locations to greet crowds, seat patrons, bus tables and serve guests.

After their meals, customers received an envelope for special tips, which go directly to Special Olympics New York.

Brian VanDervort, NY State University Police officer, said “You get to know and meet all the athletes and you get to talk to them about the events they’re doing and.. When you see that it makes them happy and puts a smile on their face, it makes it worth it.“

Participating Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar locations:

  • Binghamton - 842 Upper Front Street
  • Camillus - 5241 West Genesee Street
  • Clay/Liverpool - 3975 Route 31
  • Cortland - 856 State Route 13
  • Dewitt - 3189 Erie Boulevard East
  • Ithaca - 2300 N. Triphammer Road
  • North Syracuse - 628 South Main Street
  • Vestal - 3701 Vestal Parkway East
  • Watertown - 1283 Arsenal Street

Organizers say that they hope to raise $6,000 across all of the participating Applebee’s restaurants.