Law Enforcement Gathers to Support SONC at the 2018 LETR Kickoff Conference

Hundreds of law enforcement personnel from across Northern California gathered recently for the 2018 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Northern California (LETR) Kickoff Conference in Livermore.

The annual conference serves as a celebration of the previous year’s accomplishments and as a resource for fundraising and raising awareness for Special Olympics in the year to come. Founded in 1981, LETR is the largest grassroots fundraising platform for Special Olympics and has raised more than $600 million for the organization worldwide – including more than $12 million in Northern California since 1996.

Highlights from the conference included introductions and overviews of Special Olympics and LETR; breakout sessions covering social media, fundraising events, and other topics; tributes to California Highway Patrol (CHP) and California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) for their dedication to SONC; and guest speakers including SONC athlete Trevor; SONC President and CEO David Solo; Dan Winter, assistant chief of police for Santa Clara and Torch Run state director for SONC; Robert Woolsey, operations lieutenant and acting chief of the Las Vegas Marshals Office and LETR Region VII communications coordinator; Dr. Diane Toche, undersecretary of health care services for the CDCR; Darlene Hong of the San Francisco Police Credit Union and her son, SONC athlete Terence; Chief Michael Harris of the Livermore Police Department; and Chaplain Bill Archer of the Livermore Police Department, among others.

Also featured during the conference was a Unified Basketball Game comprised of Special Olympics athletes and law enforcement personnel competing together on the same court. The game, which has turned into an annual favorite, served as a celebration of inclusion and showcased the unbreakable bond between SONC athletes and LETR.

To conclude the event, awards were presented for the top fundraisers in 2017 in a variety of categories. Thank you and congratulations to the following, listed in order of recognition.

Top Fundraising Agencies – CHP

CHP – Santa Cruz

CHP – Redding

CHP – Visalia

CHP – San Jose

CHP – Fresno

Top Fundraising Agencies – CDCR

CDCR – Deuel Vocational Institution

CDCR – Mule Creek State Prison

CDCR – Sacramento State Prison

CDCR – Solano State Prison

CDCR – Folsom State Prison

Top Fundraising Agencies – Police Departments

Santa Clara Police Department

San Jose Police Department

Oakland Police Department

Fremont Police Department

San Francisco Police Department

Top Fundraising Agencies – Sheriff’s Offices

Alameda County Sheriff’s Office

San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office

Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office

Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office

Fresno County Sheriff’s Office

Top Fundraising Agencies – Law Enforcement

Monterey County Probation Department

Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety

Jerry & Theresa Dominguez

Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety

Central Marin Police Authority

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