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Geneva Police Partner With Tom & Eddie’s for Burgers & Badges Fundraiser

Uniformed officers from the Geneva Police Department will be serving customers at Tom & Eddie’s to raise money for Special Olympics Illinois.

Tom & Eddie's is having an fun-filled fundraiser for Special Olympics Illinois titled, “Burgers & Badges.” Uniformed officers from the will be serving customers from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25, at , at the Shops at Geneva Commons, 1042 Commons Drive.

“We invite everyone to come on over for a juicy burger with some fresh, hand-cut fries,” said Ed Rensi, co-founder of Tom & Eddie's. “We will donate 10 percent of net sales to Special Olympics Illinois.”

“We look forward to partnering with Tom and Eddie’s again this year to help Special Olympics,” said Sgt. Dan Kott of the Geneva Police Department. “These athletes need our support, and with the great success we had last year with Tom and Eddie’s, we are very excited for another great event.”

In addition, officers of the Geneva Police Department will display a 2012 Harley-Davidson parked under a tent in front of Tom & Eddie’s Geneva. They will sell $10 raffle tickets to win it. Six winners will be drawn.

Later in the fall, at the Special Olympics headquarters in Bloomington, IL, each winner will be given a key, but only one key will start the Harley. The other five winners will receive 50-inch big screen TVs worth $1,000 each.

Last year, a Geneva resident—John Reading—won the Harley. Tom Dentice and Ed Rensi, co-founders of Tom & Eddie's, are urging Geneva residents to participate in the Harley raffle.

“This town seems to be lucky,” Rensi said. “It’s all fun, and it’s all for a great cause. We are hoping to raise $10,000 this year, so come on out for a burger and check out the Harley.”

The Kane County Chiefs of Police Association began the Harley-Davidson raffle in 1998. It has been held every year since, and to date, $830,000 has been raised for the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois. It’s all part of a fundraiser for Special Olympics Illinois which is strongly supported by law enforcement. Funds raised will benefit the Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics Illinois.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run® is the single largest year-round fund-raising vehicle benefiting Special Olympics Illinois. The annual intrastate relay and its various fundraising projects have two goals: to raise money and gain awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Illinois.

Approximately 3,000 officers representing every branch of law enforcement across the state - from local police officers to FBI agents - are involved in the Torch Run which has raised more than $25 million over 26 years while increasing awareness of Special Olympics Illinois athletes and their accomplishments.

Last year, the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run® held the honor as the second highest grossing program out of 50 states and 46 nations.

Tom & Eddie’s is a family-friendly restaurant focused on providing its customers with gourmet, fresh, never frozen, Angus burgers, personal customer service, and a relaxed and happy dining experience. Locations are in Lombard, Geneva, Deerfield and Vernon Hills.

For more information, call 630-208-1351 or visit http://www.tomandeddies.com or http://www.facebook.com/TomandEddies.

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