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Vernon Hills cops serve for Special Olympics

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  • Peter Lamberti, left gets a special delivery from Vernon Hills officers Jim Koch and Bob Lynch at Tom & Eddie's in Vernon Hills. Uniformed officers from the Vernon Hills Police Department served customers during a fundraiser for Special Olympics Illinois, "Burgers & Badges."

      Peter Lamberti, left gets a special delivery from Vernon Hills officers Jim Koch and Bob Lynch at Tom & Eddie's in Vernon Hills. Uniformed officers from the Vernon Hills Police Department served customers during a fundraiser for Special Olympics Illinois, "Burgers & Badges."
    Courtesy of Ginny Richardson Public Relations

  • Frank and Betsy Zaccari with their son Nick age 16, center. Nick participated as an athlete in the Special Olympics Illinois.

      Frank and Betsy Zaccari with their son Nick age 16, center. Nick participated as an athlete in the Special Olympics Illinois.
    Courtesy of Ginny Richardson Public Relations

  • Vernon Hills officer Jim Koch, and Sgt. Jim Levicki bring out an order of gourmet burgers during the "Burgers & Badges" fundraiser.

      Vernon Hills officer Jim Koch, and Sgt. Jim Levicki bring out an order of gourmet burgers during the "Burgers & Badges" fundraiser.
    Courtesy of Ginny Richardson Public Relations

  • Vernon Hills officer Jim Koch serves a plate of food during "Burgers & Badges."

      Vernon Hills officer Jim Koch serves a plate of food during "Burgers & Badges."
    Courtesy of Ginny Richardson Public Relations

 

Submitted by Ginny Richardson Public Relations

Uniformed officers from the Vernon Hills Police Department served Tom & Eddie's customers on Saturday, Sept. 1, as part of a fundraiser titled "Burgers & Badges" at Tom & Eddie's Vernon Hills, 1260 S. Milwaukee Ave.

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Tom & Eddie's raised $2,500 for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics Illinois, which includes 10 percent of Tom & Eddie's net sales for the day.

In addition, Sept. 1 was the first anniversary for the Vernon Hills location. In celebration, a magician entertained diners in Vernon Hills, all locations offered customers double loyalty points on Tom & Eddie's Loyalty Cards and a free birthday entree was provided to anyone whose birthday was Sept. 1.

On the same day, raffle tickets were sold to win a 2013 Harley-Davidson. In October, six winners' names will be drawn, and the six will be invited to Special Olympics headquarters in Bloomington where each will be given a key. Only one key will start the Harley. The other five winners will receive 50-inch big screen TVs worth $1,000 each.

"Our goal this year is to raise $10,000 for the Special Olympics," said Tom Dentice, co-founder of Tom & Eddie's. "Already we are at the halfway mark with a combined total of $5,000 from the Geneva and Vernon Hills fundraisers. At this pace, we're excited to meet the goal."

Commitment to the community is important to Tom & Eddie's co-founders Ed Rensi and Dentice. Since August 2010, Tom & Eddie's has donated more than $55,000 to its local charity partners.

For more information, call (630) 208-1351 or visit www.tomandeddies.com or www.facebook.com/TomandEddies.

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