AREA AGENCIES SERVE SEAFOOD TO RAISE MONEY

AREA AGENCIES SERVE SEAFOOD TO RAISE MONEY

Law enforcement officers and firefighters from area agencies will serve lunch and dinner March 26 at the Las Cruces Red Lobster restaurant in order to raise money for the New Mexico Special Olympics.

The "Cops and Lobsters" annual event will feature officers from the following agencies: Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department, Doña Ana County Detention Center, Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility, New Mexico Mounted Patrol, Border Patrol, New Mexico State Police, Las Cruces Police, Sunland Park Police, Las Cruces Fire and White Sands Police departments.

The officers will assist Red Lobster wait staff in their serving duties and talking to restaurant patrons about the Special Olympics. All tip proceeds will benefit the New Mexico Special Olympics.

The Doña Ana County Detention Center has raised the most money for the event in the last two years' events. Lt. Sal Betancourt of the detention center said the rivalry among agencies to raise the most money really benefits the program.

Officers and firefighters will be serving from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Red Lobster is located at 575 S. Telshor Blvd.

Red Lobster reported on its Web site that the program raised more than $1.2 million for Special Olympics at the national level.

For more information, call Grant A. Taylor of the county’s Public Information Office at (505) 647-7290. Anyone calling from outside the Las Cruces area may call toll-free at 1-877-827-7200 and request extension 7290.