Law Enforcement Torch Run
The Guardian Newsletter -- 2013 Summer Edition
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About the Law Enforcement Torch Run
The Law Enforcement Torch Run® began 31 years ago in Kansas as a vision of Chief Richard LaMunyon, who wanted to give his officers an opportunity to participate in something positive. Today, the LETR is held in 50 states and 48 countries around the world. The event raises $42.6 million annually and recruits more than 15,000 law enforcement officers from all over the world.
Note: The deadline for Torch Club qualification is August 31. Be sure at least $1,000 gets turned in to any SOMO office by this date in order to get your agency's name on the back of the 2015 LETR T-shirts. There is still time to qualify thru T-shirt sales, the Drive it Home Raffle, Over the Edge, Battle of the Badges and Tip A Cop events. What is raised by your agency goes to your agency.
2014 International LETR Conference, New Orleans, LA September 10th-12th.
Missouri's Torch Run
The Premier Partner for Missouri's Torch Run is Shop 'n Save. The Missouri Police Chiefs Association is the founding law enforcement organization for Missouri's Torch Run for Special Olympics. What began in 1986 as a 30-mile run is now a four-day relay covering more than 950 miles with 1,000 runners. It originates in more than 40 locations and culminates at the site of the State Summer Games. 2014 represents the 29th year that Missouri Law enforcement officers have supported SOMO.
It's more than a run; the Torch Run is a campaign to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics. The mission of the LETR is to raise both dollars and awareness for Special Olympics. Nearly 200 agencies and 6,500 officers work year-round in Missouri to accomplish this goal; they are some of our greatest volunteers. All funds raised go toward supporting Special Olympics Missouri's year-round sports training and athletic competition program for more than 17,000 athletes across the state.
Many agencies hold special events like Tip a Cops, motorcycle events, golf tournaments and trivia nights. Partners like Shop 'n Save conduct promotions that raise funds and generate awareness as well. A major source of funding comes from the sale of Torch Run T-shirts that feature a new design each year. Sponsors and corporate donations help round out these fundraising efforts. Our three statewide signature events are all LETR projects. They are hosted and planned by Law Enforcement agencies for their charity of choice - Special Olympics Missouri! These events are: Polar Plunges, Over the Edge, and Drive it Home Raffle.
State sponsorships are available for companies and organizations seeking to align themselves with law enforcement to help Special Olympics. International Events Group (IEG) worked with us to develop our sponsorship package and offer the most valuable benefits for our partners. The Premier partner for Missouri's Torch Run is Shop'n Save.
Torch Run Merchandise
Agencies raise awareness and money by selling Torch Run T-shirts and hats. It's easy and it can help you reach Torch Club status.
Short sleeve T-shirt
Long sleeve T-shirt
Over the last 30 years, Missouri Law Enforcement agencies have participated in the Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR). This run turned fundraising campaign raises more than just thousands of dollars for Special Olympics Missouri. “It truly inspires you,” says Lieutenant Steve Davis of Missouri State Highway Patrol, Troop I. Davis, an LETR participant for over 16 years, states that being involved with the run has become a true passion and is a charity unlike any other. His favorite memory, like many other officers, involves placing the medals around the athletes’ necks. For him, this memory changes into a reoccurring reality at the Spring Games in Waynesville, MO. Davis enjoys the local atmosphere and support his agency receives from the community. “It is one of the most exciting and rewarding feelings.”
Besides running hundreds of miles through the Show-Me state, officers volunteer at the Special Olympics competitions and participate in fundraisers throughout the year to benefit the organization. This year, Corporal Jeff Fugett (Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop D), volunteered to be on set-up crew for the Summer Games in Columbia at the University of Missouri. He also participated in the Final Leg of the LETR. Like Davis, Jeff believes in the vision of the Law Enforcement Torch Run. “To actually see the excitement we give the athletes makes us all very happy and appreciative. It takes everything I have not to tear up. This is why we do it. So they can experience something they normally couldn’t.” Major Tim Goebel, with Missouri Department of Corrections, feels the same way, “I do it to see the look on the athlete’s face when they receive a medal, there is nothing like it. It’s a wonderful feeling to be able to bring pride and joy to
The Law Enforcement Torch Run ® gives officers, athletes and the community the opportunity to come together for a superior cause. Whether one is
inspired to volunteer, donate or participate, they can be confident knowing they are supporting the Special Olympics’ mission statement by “giving children and adults with intellectual disabilities continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.”
Torch Club Agencies
Congrats to the 126 LETR agencies who will be listed on the backs of the 2014 LETR T-shirts. Thank you for your hard work to raise at least $1,000 between Sept. 1, 2012 and Aug. 31, 2013!
- 12th Circuit Drug Court
- Algoa Correctional Center
- Arnold Police Dept.
- Ballwin Police Dept.
- Belton Police Dept.
- Boonville Correctional Center
- Branson Police Dept.
- Brentwood Police Dept.
- Bridgeton Police Dept.
- Buchanan County Sheriff's Dept.
- Cape Girardeau Police Dept.
- Carthage Police Dept.
- Cass County Police Dept.
- Chesterfield Police Dept.
- Chillicothe Correctional Center
- Clayton Police Dept.Cole County Sheriff's Dept.
- Columbia Police Dept.
- Cremer Therepeutic Community Center
- Creve Coeur Police Dept.
- Crocker Police Dept.Crossroads
- Correctional Center
- Daviess County Sheriff's Dept.
- Des Peres Police Dept.
- Eureka Police Dept.
- Farmington Correctional Center
- Festus Police Dept.
- Florissant Police Dept.
- Franklin County Sheriff's Dept.
- Fredericktown Police Dept.
- Fulton Reception Diagnostic Center
- Glendale Police Dept.
- Grain Valley Police Dept.
- Grandview Police Dept.
- Greene County Sheriff's Dept.
- Hazelwood Police Dept.
- Herculaneum Police Dept.
- Houston Police Dept.
- Independence Police Dept.
- Jackson County Sheriffs Dept.
- Jefferson City Correctional Center
- Jefferson City Police Dept.
- Jefferson College Law Enforcement Academy
- Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
- Joplin Police Dept.
- Kansas City Police Dept.
- Kirksville Police Dept.
- Lake Ozark Police Dept.
- Lake Saint Louis Police Dept.
- Lamar Police Dept.
- Lee's Summit Police Dept.
- Liberty Police Dept.
- Manchester Police Dept.
- Maplewood Police Dept.
- Maryland Heights Police Dept.
- Maryville Treatment Center
- Mexico DPS
- Missouri Department of Conservation
- Missouri Eastern Correctional Center
- Missouri National Guard
- Missouri Park Rangers
- Missouri S & T Police
- Moberly Correctional Center
- Moberly Police Dept.
- MSHP – GHQ
- MSHP Troop A
- MSHP Troop B
- MSHP Troop C
- MSHP Troop D
- MSHP Troop E
- MSHP Troop F
- MSHP Troop G
- MSHP Troop I
- Nevada Police Dept.
- Northeast Correctional Center
- Oak Grove Police Dept.
- O'Fallon Police Dept.
- Olivette Police Dept.
- Osage Beach Police Dept.
- Overland Police Dept.
- Platte City Police Dept.
- Platte County Sheriff's Dept.
- Pleasant Hill Police Dept.
- Pleasant Valley Police Dept.
- Probation & Parole - Joplin
- Pulaski County Sheriff's Dept.
- Republic Police Dept.
- Richmond Heights Police Dept.
- Riverside Police Dept.
- Rolla Police Dept.
- Sedalia Police Dept.
- Sikeston DPS
- South Central Correctional Center
- Southeast Correctional Center
- Springfield Police Dept.
- St. Ann Police Dept.
- St. Charles County Sheriff's Dept.
- St. Charles Police Dept.
- St. James Police Dept.
- St. John Police Dept.
- St. Joseph Police Dept.
- St. Louis Airport Police Dept.
- St. Louis Community Release Center
- St. Louis County Police Dept.
- St. Louis Metro Police Dept.
- St. Louis Postal Inspectors
- St. Peters Police Dept.
- St. Robert Police Dept.
- Stover Police Dept.
- Sullivan Police Dept.
- Terminal Railroad Police
- Tipton Correctional Center
- Town & Country Police Dept.
- Truman State DPS
- Versailles Police Dept.
- Warrenton Police Dept.
- Warson Woods Police Dept.
- Washington Police Dept.
- Waynesville Police Dept.
- Webb City Police Dept.
- Webster Groves Police Dept.
- Wentzville Police Dept.
- West Plains Police Dept.
- Western Missouri Correctional Center
- Western Reception & Diagnostic Correctional Center
- Women's Eastern Reception, Diagnostic & Correctional Center
For more information about the Special Olympics Missouri Law Enforcement Torch Run® please contact Susan Stegeman, Vice President, at 573-635-1660 . To fundraise for us, download this event application.
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