Tip-A-Cop kicks off in Santa Barbara County

Tips earned by volunteers benefit local Special Olympics.

POSTED: 06:28 PM PDT Mar 19, 2013    UPDATED: 07:11 PM PDT Mar 19, 2013 
GOLETA, Calif. -

It's the official kick off for Tip-A-Cop where law enforcement officials become volunteer waiters and waitresses to help the Special Olympics.

Tips earned by the servers go directly to benefit the local Special Olympics.

On Tuesday at Holdren's Grill in Goleta, Santa Barbara County probation officers and Sheriff's Office volunteers served up the meals, including Lt. Butch Arnoldi.

Arnoldi has been volunteering for 29 years in Santa Barbara County.

"It's just rewarding to see these young men and women have the ability to participate in sports just like any other child," he said.

Tip-A-Cop, along with the Torch Run, raised nearly $100,000 last year.

Tip-A-Cop Calendar

April 3
5-9 p.m.
Petrini's Italian Restaurant
5711 Calle Real, Goleta

April 9
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Pastavino
6290 Marketplace Drive, Goleta

April 16
5-9 p.m.
Petrini's Italian Restaurant
Santa Barbara

April 24
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Outback Steakhouse
5690 Calle Real, Goleta

April 24
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Holdren's
Santa Barbara

May 3
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
UCSB Faculty Club

May 14
5-9 p.m.
Chili's
6950 Marketplace Drive, Goleta