Law enforcement event raises thousands for Special Olympics

By Brian

DANIEL ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV) -- Witnesses said the timing couldn't have been any better. As Mount Pleasant Police Chief Harry Sewell was distracted by a reporter, he was hit in the face -- with a pie.

What did it cost those responsible?

Five hundred dollars in donations to the Special Olympics is what the chief agreed to as a fair price for the pie to the face from local Special Olympics Summer World Games standout Kylie MacFarland.

The pie to the face of Chief Sewell was just a sliver of a bigger pie cooked up by local officials as part of a local Law Enforcement Torch Run fundraiser held at Daniel Island Grill on Saturday. The fundraiser raised thousands of dollars and awareness for more than 21,000 Special Olympic Athletes in South Carolina.

In its 30th year, the Law Enforcement Torch Run is an international organization that has generated hundreds of millions of dollars for the Special Olympics. Last year torch run fundraisers raised $42 million.

Officials with the South Carolina Highway Patrol and the Mount Pleasant Police Department organized the local event on Saturday, coined the Toss for the Torch, it featured a double-elimination corn hole tournament.

"It was a success," said Captain Stan Gragg with the Mount Pleasant Police Department. "We raised money and raised awareness for Special Olympics and to further our cause."

And as far as Chief Sewell's pie to the face?

"You couldn't have asked for a better delivery," Gragg said. "...She put it on him."

Gragg said you always hope to do more when it comes to charity events, but said he was pleased with the turnout, especially considering the number of local events over the weekend with which the fundraiser competed.

The event was sponsored by Keller Williams Realty and Daniel Island Grill.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is an international partnership in which law enforcement agencies in 43 countries participate.

You can help support the Law Enforcement Torch Run and the Special Olympics by keeping an eye out for Publix's torch icon sales. At the beginning of each year, from January 4{} to January 25, 2 million paper torch icons are distributed to Publix stores and sold for a $1, $3, or $5 donation at the register. The proceeds benefit the Special Olympics.