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Hammond PD raises money at Tip A Cop burger night

Pictured are Chief Rick Coltrain, Joey Wakeen, Dusty Anderson (owner of Parkside Restaurant) and Tonya Smith with the $1,700 donation the Hammond Police Department and Parkside Restaurant made during their recent Tip A Cop burger night. Photo courtesy of the Hammond Police Department1 / 2
Members of the Hammond Police Department took orders and served burgers at the Parkside Restaurant on Monday, July 24, to raise money for the Red Cedar Special Olympics. Photo courtesy of the Hammond Police Department2 / 2

On July 24, the Hammond Police Department teamed up with Parkside Restaurant in Hammond to host Tip a Cop burger night. Chief Rick Coltrain wanted to host this event to raise funds for a local cause that is near and dear to him, the Special Olympics. The event raised $1,700 for the Special Olympics (Red Cedar Special Olympics).

Sammi Criego, Tanya Smith and Joey Wakeen, members from the Red Cedar Special Olympics, joined the police department for the event.

The event was well attended by many community members, friends and family who traveled well over 50 miles to participate. Coltrain and officers Chris Loos, Aaron Boldt and Kosmosky took orders and served burgers from 5-8 p.m. Aimee Bohatta and Janie Becker assisted the officers. The Hammond Royalty, Miss Hammond Robyn Pfeiffer, and Princesses Savannah Bodish, Ariana Carrasco, and Katie Koerper, and this year's candidates Olivia Boyd, Molly Diaz, and Kathryn Mohrhauser also shared in the work load. A total of 268 burgers were served throughout the evening. The food was grilled by Dustin Anderson, owner of the Parkside.

Special Olympics Coach Roxi Wakeen and Special Olympians Creigo, Smith, and Joey Wakeen represented Red Cedar at the event.

The department would like to thank Anderson and all of the Parkside staff for partnering with them, the Hammond Royalty for supporting the event and the community for its gracious donations and participation in this event.