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Steak & Stetson event will benefit Special Olympics

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Flower Mound Police Chief Andy Kancel, Highland Village Police Chief Doug Reim and Lewisville Police Chief Russ Kerbow (left to right) co-chair the third annual Steak & Stetson fundraiser.

Local police chiefs are preparing for a grand fundraiser next month to benefit the Special Olympics Texas.

Highland Village Police Chief Doug Reim has chaired the Steak & Stetson event for the last three years with Flower Mound Police Chief Andy Kancel and Lewisville Police Chief Russ Kerbow. Honorary chairs U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess and State Rep. Tan Parker are expected to attend.

It’ll be a “night of boot-scootin’ fun.” Guests will get a steak dinner, enjoy live entertainment and can participate in a silent auction, a live auction and can dance ’til the clock strikes midnight.

More than 90 percent of the money raised goes to more than 5,300 local Special Olympics Texas athletes, Reim said. The Special Olympics is an important cause for many in law enforcement, Reim said.

“We often deal with people in a not-so-good capacity,” Reim said. “But these kids are inspiring. They don’t have a sad moment.”

The event has nearly doubled in size in recent years, but organizers want it to get even bigger and better, Reim said.

Steak & Stetson will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9, at Circle R Ranch, 5901 Cross Timbers Road. It’s $150 for an individual ticket, which just so happens to be how much it costs to sponsor a local Special Olympics athlete for a year, Reim said. There are sponsorships available as well.

Reim said he got involved with Special Olympics Texas about eight years ago and has found the experience to be inspiring.

“You can learn a lot of valuable lessons from Special Olympics athletes,” Reim said. “It’s a unique world to see how much they love and enjoy life.”

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

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