Published: Aug 31, 2012 3:53 PM EDT

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- Charlotte County Sheriff's Office employees held a fundraiser on Aug. 13 at CiCi’s Pizza, to raise money for Charlotte County Special Olympics athletes.

DFC Mark Schaible of the CCSO Traffic Safety Team and co-coordinator of the Law Enforcement Special Olympics Torch Run thanked everyone who came out Aug. 13 to CiCi’s, especially the athletes.

DFC Schaible said, “From July 16 to Aug. 13, the 56 CiCi Pizza locations in Florida helped raise money for Special Olympics. CiCi’s Pizza restaurants gave guests the opportunity to purchase and personalize ‘Buy a Smile, Be a Fan’Special Olympics paper logos for $1. The logos were displayed in the restaurants and all proceeds from the logo sales benefited the Florida Special Olympics programs.”

DFC Schaible also said, “The fundraiser ended Aug. 13 with a“Dough Raisers”event; a one-day challenge where CCSO deputies and employees, with assistance from Charlotte County’s Special Olympic athletes, offered CiCi’s guests an opportunity to purchase the ‘Buy a Smile, Be a Fan’ logos. There were enough logo’s sold to entirely cover a CCSO patrol car. The combination of CiCi’s logo sales, a Candy Sale by CCSO Communications, and the Dough Raisersevent raised $330.”

DFC Schaible said, “Special thanks goes to DFC Mark Schaible, Sgt. Jim Vanande, Sgt. Eric Burke, DFC Richard Jones, Debra Schaible and Jaime Risi of Communications, who came out in force along with a group of Charlotte County’s Special Olympic athletes for their assistance.”