Police serve chicken wings for Special Olympics

Joseph Hudgins

The UK Police Department and Buffalo Wild Wings teamed up to have fun and deliver good food to people.

UKPD and Buffalo Wild Wings have been in a joint partnership for years benefiting foundations like the Special Olympics of Kentucky, which benefited from the Kentucky Law Enforcement Torch Run Tip-A-Cop event on Friday night. The event was at the South Broadway location of Buffalo Wild Wings, and 10 percent of the profit made from 5-9 p.m. that night went to the Special Olympics of Kentucky.

The Special Olympics and Law Enforcement put on events throughout the year like the Tip-A-Cop event.

“The Special Olympics and Law Enforcement have been in partnership for a long time now. We go back to 1986. We have been so lucky to have such a good relationship with the police community,” Special Olympics of Kentucky Director of Communications and External Relations Mark Buerger said.

The officers were really enjoying their time serving the community in a different way. Police officer Jenny Melgar was once a waitress at Buffalo Wild Wings before she decided to join the police force. She said she enjoys being able to contribute to such a great cause like the US Special Olympics.

“I absolutely love it. It is actually one of my favorite events to do,” Melgar said.

She and some of her fellow officers helped fundraise for the event and helped at the event itself.

“We also run the torch down with some of the Olympic participants as well, and their happiness and their expression is what I do it for,” Melgar said.

The police department loves being able to serve the community in more ways than upholding the law.

“It’s great that we are able to show that we can serve the community in more ways than one,” Melgar said.

The Special Olympics have benefited from events such as these. This event will not only help the Kentucky division but will help the Special Olympics as a whole. Their first competitive event will be held June 2 on UK’s campus.