Tip-a-Cop raises thousands for Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe | SierraSun.com

Tip-a-Cop raises thousands for Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe

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Truckee Police Department's Officer Jeff Safford pawses a moment during the Tip-a-Cop event at Wagon Train.

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Orphaned animals got a helping hand when Truckee police officers cleared tables and waited on guests at the Wagon Train, donating 100 percent of their tips to the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe. The officers raised $3,200.

"It exceeded every expectation we had," said Siobhan Smart, owner of the Wagon Train. "They did fantastic work, taking their personal time to come in and do this. They were busing tables like crazy."

Mayor Carolyn Wallace Dee was also on hand, greeting and seating diners, and even taking half an hour to explain the HSTT to a customer. The diner then left a $1,000 tip.

The fundraiser was part of the Truckee Police Officers Association Tip-a-Cop program. The Wagon Train also donated a portion of sales from the July 20-21 event to HSTT.

"It's always so heartwarming to have the community get behind you," said Stephanie Nistler, executive director of the HSTT. "They did an amazing job and we're thrilled to be included in their community efforts. When it comes down to it, we're all in this together."

Founded in 1994 by a group of volunteers, the Humane Society of Truckee Tahoe has become a driving force of animal rescue and adoption for the Truckee-North Lake Tahoe area. For more information, visit http://www.HSTT.org, http://www.Facebook.com/HumaneSocietyofTruckeeTahoe or call 530-587-5948.