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Who’s the Chicken ?

10/11/2011

On Wednesday, October 12th, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. Irvine Police Lieutenant Mike Hallinan  donned a fluffy white, chicken suit in a silly act for a serious cause.

The spectacle was staged to raise awareness for the “Over the Edge” event on Saturday, October 29th at the Long Beach Hyatt Hotel near the Los Angeles Harbor. On that day, Lieutenant Hallinan will be joined by Detective Arthur Guo and Reserve Officer Gary Ross as they rappel of off the 16-story building to raise money and awareness for the Special Olympics.

Wednesday’s rappel is a practice run to draw attention to the event in Long Beach and hopefully to bring additional support to Lieutenant Hallinan’s goal of raising $5,000.  And, as if rappelling down the Civic Center’s clock tower isn’t enough to draw attention, he has also vowed to wear a Chicken Suit to draw public interest in donating to this cause.  So far he has raised approximately $1600 toward his goal.

Recently featured on KCal/CBS news, Lieutenant Hallinan is a 21-year veteran to law enforcement who is not fond of heights and admits that he isn’t a fan of chicken suits either.  He believes that by getting people to laugh just a little will help them open their hearts and their wallets to the Special Olympics.

To donate directly to the Special Olympics click on any of the officer’s names:

Mike Hallinan

Arthur Guo

Gary Ross

Members of the Irvine Police Department have a long history of support of the Special Olympics.  Some of the events Irvine Police personnel volunteer their time to support are: the Summer Games, Torch Run, Tip-A-Cop, and in years past, the Polar Plunge.  

Last June, Lieutenant Hallinan coordinated the Tip-A-Cop event at the Irvine Spectrum Center.  On that day, he enlisted over 50 Irvine Police employees to volunteer their time, including both Police Canine Officers, to serve food at three Spectrum Center restaurants collecting $3,700 in tips for Special Olympics. 

Donations will go to the Special Olympics of Southern California which provide sports training and competition opportunities to thousands of kids and adults with intellectual disabilities.