Annual Toss for the Torch raises funds and awareness for Special Olympics

December 9, 2011 by  

The annual Toss for the Torch was held at the Daniel Island Grill last Saturday in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina to raise money for the more than 21,000 Special Olympic Athletes in South Carolina. The event was organized by the Mount Pleasant Police Department and officials from the South Carolina Highway Patrol with sponsorship provided by the Daniel Island Grill and Keller Williams Realty.

The highlight of the event was a double-elimination corn hole tournament with participants paying a fee to enter. The event was advertised by means of flyer printing and distribution throughout the local community. According to Captain Stan Gragg of the Mount Pleasant Police Department, the event was well attended considering the many number of other local events that typically occur during the first weekend in December.

The Toss for the Torch is part of an international organization of law enforcement agencies in 43 countries, the Law Enforcement Torch Run, which has raised hundreds of millions of dollars over its thirty-year existence for the Special Olympics. Last year, nearly $42 million was raised worldwide.

Locally, Gragg said, the event was able to raise thousands of dollars, although the exact amount had not been determined by press time. Gragg added that it was a success, not only due to the amount of money that it raised but also because it serves to raise awareness in the community of the Special Olympics and further the cause of local enforcement officials.

Additional funds will be raised throughout the month of January with the sale of two million paper torches at local Publix stores. Donations can be made in the amounts of $1, $3 or $5.