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James Neiss/staff photographer
Niagara Falls, NY - Mya Torres of Dunkirk, left and Ryan MacBean of Orangeville, Ontario take a turn participating in the International Lighting of the Flame of Hope Cauldron on the Rainbow Bridge. The lighting is part of the Badges on the Border International Law Enforcement Torch Run in both the United States in Canada.
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June 11, 2018 Erica Raepple-Special Olympics New York 716-909-6444 (media inquiries only) | firstname.lastname@example.org
Badges on the Border International Law Enforcement Torch Run United States
to Meet Canadian Law Enforcement at the Border on Rainbow Bridge
WHO: Members of the Law Enforcement community represented by multiple Federal, State and Local Law Enforcement agencies from the United States and Canada.
WHAT: Badges on the Border International Torch Run unites the United States and Canadian Law Enforcement together as they light the Special Olympics Flame of Hope cauldron - two flames into one flame- signifying the unity for the athletes of Special Olympics and the Law Enforcement Torch Run, the guardians of the Flame of Hope.
WHEN: Tuesday, June 12, 2018
WHERE: First Leg Departs at 9:00AM from Devil's Hole
Second Leg Departs at 10:30AM from the Niagara Gorge Discovery Center (200 Robert Moses Parkway N.)
International Lighting of the Flame of Hope Cauldron on the Rainbow Bridge at 11:00AM.
ALERT: All media requires Niagara Falls Bridge Commission permission in advance to access the property. Please contact Stephanie Dafoe in advance at 905-354-5641 / 716-285-6322 Ext. 4120. Stephanie will reach out to both CBP and CBSA media liaison and notify them of any media presences.
HIGHLIGHTS: NEW this year to the 4th annual Badges on the Border International Torch Run members of the Law Enforcement community will run 2 Torch Run legs leaving Devil's Hole at 9:00AM carrying the Flame of Hope down the Robert Moses Parkway to the Niagara Gorge Discovery Center, 200 Robert Moses Parkway N.. The Torch will be handed off at 10:30AM to be carried by Law Enforcement and Special Olympics New York athletes throughout downtown Niagara Falls finishing on the Rainbow Bridge at 11:00AM.
"We Torch Run for the Athletes." Staff Inspector and Final Leg Torch Runner Steven Nigrelli mentions while reflecting on why he participates. " By participating in the Torch Run, you are giving our Athletes a chance. A chance to get out of the house. A chance to participate , to have fun, to make friends. Because of the Law Enforcement Torch Run, these officers have given one more athlete a chance, one more opportunity to be accepted, one more opportunity to participate. Because of them we have given a chance."
The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) is the largest grassroots fundraising and public awareness vehicle for Special Olympics in the world. In addition to carrying the “Flame of Hope” members of the Law Enforcement community raise funds year-round through events, Buffalo Snow Bowl, Buffalo Polar Plunge , Law & Orders and Golf Outings. In 2017, more than $2.1 million was raised by the Law Enforcement community in New York State. The funds raised allow Special Olympics New York to support 68,547 athletes across New York State to compete and train in
Olympic-style sports year-round, always at no cost to them or their families.
Special Olympics New York
Director of Development
2801 Wehrle Drive Suite 12
Williamsville, NY 14221
Phone and Fax: 716.580.3824
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."