BADGES & APRONS: Coppers serve good food for a great cause

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By Adam Brazeau 
CORNWALL, Ontario - Local law enforcement will be serving more than justice at Au Vieux Duluth this Tuesday to help raise funds for the Special Olympics.

POLICE SERVING YOU: On Tuesday, April 22, the term 'to protect and serve' will take on a new meaning at Au Vieux Duluth. From left are Au Vieux Duluth server Carrie MacDonald, owner Alexandre Paradis, Cornwall police Det. Sgt. Dave Michaud, and Const. Larry Frappier.

Cornwall police will greet and serve diners free meals at Au Vieux Duluth on April 22 to raise money for Special Olympics Ontario through the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. diners can chose from three dishes: butterfly shrimp, chicken breast or pork souvlaki served with salad, rice, and potatoes, and a non-alcoholic beverage.

Three years ago, Au Vieux Duluth joined forces with the Cornwall Community Police Service (CCPS) to create a unique fundraiser. Already, the partnership has raised over $28,000.

"This event gives customers a new experience," said Alexandre Paradis, restaurant owner.

The benefit lunch and supper will feature a silent auction. As diners enjoy their meal, Cornwall comic Mark Vincent will perform in the afternoon and a band will provide the evening entertainment.

"Your free meal will be served to you by a police officer, and at the end of your stay you will be asked to make a donation to the Law Enforcement Torch Run," he said.

Paradis credits Special Olympics Ontario for providing year-round sports training and athletic competitions for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

The restaurant is located at 1140 Brookdale Avenue. 

To make a reservation or find out more information, call Paradis at Au Vieux Duluth at (613) 933-7000.

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