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RANTIN: Cops and Calabash: Serving up a good cause

brantin@thestate.com (803) 771-8306May 28, 2013 

Resident Deputy Joe Auckermann serves tea to Harriet McCormick while she dines with, from left, Mary Edwards, Frank Edwards, Marcia Mincey and Evelyn Corderman, right. Lexington County Sheriff's Deputies and officers from the Lexington Police Department worked at the Lexington Fatz for three days as a fundraiser for the Special Olympics Athletes.

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Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputies and Lexington Police Department officers served up a dose of hospitality recently for Special Olympics.

The officers worked as servers for three days last week at Fatz restaurant in Lexington during the fourth annual Cops and Calabash fundraiser. As part of the event, customers could leave donations at their tables for Special Olympics, which provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in Olympic-style sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

The event raised $5,785.

“South Carolina Special Olympics enables persons who have a disability to experience the joy of athletic competition and enhance their self-confidence through competition,” said Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts. “It is a cause that we very proudly support.”

Metts said while helping raise awareness about S.C. Special Olympics, Cops and Calabash allows citizens to interact with law enforcement officers while they are serving in a different role.

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Calling all pup sitters

Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services is seeking volunteers to care for seven puppies in training.

The agency trains service animals to assist children and adults with physical disabilities and social needs. Volunteers are needed to care for the seven puppies in their homes for at least six months.

Weekend foster training will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. May 31 at the Capital Senior Center, 1650 Park Circle, Columbia, and from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 1 and 2-5 p.m. June 2 at PAALS home base, 2216 West Branch Road, Columbia.

Potential volunteers must attend all three sessions, and PAALS will conduct a home interview before the weekend.

PAALS also will hold a pup sitter class the first weekend in June for volunteers who occasionally substitute for regular weekend fosters.

For more information, visit www.paals.org or call (803) 788-7063.

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