Rapid City law enforcement serving up support for statewide program as part of annual fundraiser

RAPID CITY, S.D . – The waitstaff at Outback Steakhouse in Rapid City Monday night will be little different thanks to the annual Tip-A-Cop fundraiser.

Who is taking part?

Rapid City Police officers and Pennington County Sheriff deputies will be on-duty as part of the annual Tip-A-Cop fundraiser. Men and women in uniform will be waiting tables, serving drinks and food to customers throughout the duration of the event.

What is it for?

Outback Steakhouse EntranceTip-A-Cop is a fundraiser for the South Dakota Special Olympics. All tips received and money from the associated raffle will go to the organization. Special Olympics South Dakota helps give year-round athletic training and competition opportunities to children and adults with intellectual disabilities. As an independent organization, Special Olympics South Dakota raises money for programs through the donations of individuals, businesses, organizations and corporations.

When and where is it?

The event starts at 4:00 p.m. on September 26 and will run until 9:00 p.m. Outback Steakhouse in Rapid City is located on East Disk Drive, near Uptown Rapid.

How do I participate?

The community can participate by dining in at Outback Steakhouse. Officers and deputies on-duty will be collecting tips and donations made by paying customers. Raffle tickets can be purchased $5 per ticket or $20 for five tickets. Over 20 different local businesses have contributed to prize baskets. Some involved include: The Historic Elks theater, Dark Canyon Coffee, The Alpine Inn, and Pottery 2 Paint.

Has this event happened in Rapid City before?

Yes. Tip-A-Cop was a big event in years past. However, after a pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic, officials are hoping to bring it back in full force.

“It used to be a big thing that we used to do back in the day, but we just recently started up a few years ago,” Patrol Sergeant Amanda Swanson of the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office said. “Unfortunately, COVID kind of stopped it, so this our first year that we are actually trying to get it started back up again. We are hoping that it will be a bigger thing each year.”

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