Haywood County a top fundraiser for Special Olympics NC

Mar 03, 2017
Photo by: Donated Left is Deputy Daniel Blagg and Sheriff Greg Christopher. Blagg is responsible for leading various fundraising events on behalf of the Special Olympics.

For the first time, the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office has earned a spot in the top 10 on the list of 50 law enforcement agencies in the state that raised the most money for the Law Enforcement Torch Run in North Carolina last year.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the largest public awareness vehicle for the Special Olympics.

The outstanding fundraising result in the county was largely due to the success of the event Cops on Top, where law enforcement officers and firefighters camped out on the roof of Belk in Waynesville last June for a full weekend.

Participants in the event were able to pull in more than $30,000 from sponsors and citizens of Haywood County.

Several agencies were involved with Cops on Top last year, to help make it the best year yet — Maggie Valley Police Department, State Bureau of Investigation, Waynesville Police Department, Canton Police Department, Department of Motor Vehicles, Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office, Saunook Fire Department, Waynesville Fire Department and Clyde Fire Department.

Deputy Daniel Blagg, who leads various fundraising efforts on behalf of the Sheriff’s Office, will travel to Austria this month to carry the Flame of Hope in the Special Olympics World Winter Games.

“We are very excited for Deputy Blagg for this opportunity of a lifetime," said Sheriff Greg Christopher. "His passion, dedication and promotion efforts have changed the game for Special Olympics fundraising here in the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office.

“He, along with several other agencies, work hard to make sure these athletes have year-round sports training and competition opportunities.”