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Manchester cleans up for Special Olympics

Manchester Special Olympics check presentation
Presenting a check to Special Olympics are [from left] Tucker’s Place owners Debra and Tom Struharik, Alderman Marilyn Ottenad, Sgt. Evan Waters, Stacey Koeller and Chief Scott Will.

At the July 1 meeting of the Manchester Board of Aldermen, Police Chief Scott Will and Sgt. Evan Waters presented an $11,000 check to Stacey Koeller, regional development director for Special Olympics Missouri. The check represented proceeds from the 14th annual “Clean Up For Special Olympics” event, a partnership between the Manchester Police Department and Tucker’s Place West.

For the last 12 years, Tucker’s Place West has hosted the event and donated a generous portion of the evening’s receipts to Special Olympics. Waters coordinated this year’s event, which was held on May 30.

Individuals participating in the event with Waters and Will were police officers Jason Dowdell, Gerad Gonzalez, Nick Sampson and Jim Logan; Lt. Craig Smith, Lt. Dan West and Chaplain Steve Harbaugh.

Special Olympics is the primary charitable program of the Manchester Police Department. Over the past 14 years, the department and Tucker’s Place West have raised a total of $128,000 for the charity.

Organizers said this year’s donations are more important than ever. Special Olympics Missouri canceled the state summer games scheduled May 31-June 2 in Springfield due to tornado damage that devastated the organization’s headquarters in Jefferson City. This donation will aid in the rebuilding efforts.

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