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Special Olympics fundraiser in Kona (April 29-May 1)

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Due to a change of management at Safeway in Kailua-Kona, Cop On Top, an annual fundraiser for Special Olympics West Hawaii, will now be held in the Spring instead of in the Fall.

The event will start at 6 a.m. Thursday, April 29, and conclude in the afternoon of Saturday, May 1. During those three days, local police officers will live on scaffolding in front of Safeway on Henry Street, rallying support and dropping buckets below to those passing by for donations to SOWH. This is the biggest fundraiser for the organization, which is a year-round program dedicated to helping children and adults with intellectual disabilities improve their quality of life through sports.

West Hawaii Today Publisher Rick Asbach and Editor Reed Flickinger, as well as reporters Kim Eaton, Chelsea Jensen, Carolyn Lucas and Erin Miller, will participate in a dunk tank fundraiser at 5 p.m. Friday (April 30) at Safeway on Henry Street in Kailua-Kona as part of Special Olympics West Hawaii’s annual Cop On Top fundraiser.

Cop On Top, happening now through Saturday, is the biggest fundraiser for SOWH, a year-round program dedicated to helping children and adults with intellectual disabilities improve their quality of life through sports.

During the event, local police officers are on scaffolding at the Safeway, where they rally support and drop buckets below to those passing by for donations to SOWH.

While doing an interview Thursday morning with Jensen, police officers issued a challenge for Asbach and Flickinger: get into the dunk tank and raise money for SOWH. To give their bosses an incentive, the reporters vowed late Thursday afternoon to participate if they did. SOWH Area Director Dave Ross even made appearance to the newspaper’s office, personally inviting Asbach and Flickinger to participate.

There will be a fee to throw balls at the target. For example, $5 to $10 for three balls. The price will be determined by the police officers.

SOWH needs volunteers to help collect donations in front of Safeway during the event. To get involved or for more information about Cop On Top, e-mail volunteer coordinator Dulcie Sorenson at specialolympicswh@gmail.com or call SOWH Area Director Dave Ross at 345-1344.

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