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It’s time to loosen that belt buckle by a notch or two for a feast for a good cause.

The public is invited to help the Sedona Police Department raise funds to support Special Olympics with an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner on Saturday, April 8. The event begins at 5 p.m. at the Sedona Elks Lodge located at 110 Airport Road. The menu will include spaghetti with sauce, chicken fettuccine, salad, bread and dessert.


The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children, payable in cash at the door or with a check payable to the Sedona Police Department. The evening will include live and silent auctions.

All proceeds will support the department’s leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics on Tuesday, May 2. The Sedona leg will travel westward along State Route 89A toward Cottonwood from approximately 9 to 11 a.m.

SPD officer Jackie McQuaid helped set this event up for one specific reason.

“The Special Olympic athletes need our help,” she said. “They need equipment, uniforms and money for the program. The spaghetti dinner is cost effective with most of the proceeds going to the program. This is our way of paying it forward and supporting such a great cause. This is the first of many events to come.”

She added, “I saw supporting the Special Olympics as a community effort. That’s why I invited the fire chief [Kris Kazian] and school superintendent [David Lykins] to participate in the Over
the Edge fundraiser. We all care about and support the program. We are stronger as a group than as individuals.”

SPD Chief David McGill said law enforcement, as a profession, has been involved with supporting Special Olympics for many decades. The Torch Run began in 1981 in Kansas and is now nationwide. Another event law enforcement takes part in to raise funds for the Special Olympics and other causes is the Tip-a-Cop event. There, officers work with a local restaurant with area special needs kids and adults to serve patrons, and a percentage of their tips goes to Special Olympics.

“I am a huge supporter of the Special Olympics, as we gain so much more by participating in these types of events than the time we give,” McGill said. “This is our way of supporting the kids and adults with special needs, and a way to give back to our community.”

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