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Lake Worth Denny's Hosts Benefit Night for Fallen Police Officers

When people think American diner, they think Denny's: Moons Over My Hammy, the Grand Slam, and, of course, the endless coffee.

Diners, with their bottomless coffee and endless hours of operation, also tend to be synonymous with police officers. Men and women in blue need to rest and refuel while they serve and protect.

Tomorrow, Denny's in Lake Worth is bringing it all together by playing host to Tour De Force from 4 to 10 p.m.

The 17th-annual Tour De Force charity bike ride, which is raising funds to benefit the families of four fallen Florida law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty last year, takes place April 7 through 11. The 270-mile ride runs up the eastern coast from Sunny Isles to West Palm Beach. Around 500 riders are expected to participate.

From 4 to 10 p.m. tomorrow, the Denny's at 4541 Hypoluxo Road in Lake Worth will donate 20 percent of the evening's sales to Tour De Force. All evening local law enforcement will be on hand, greeting the public and selling commemorative 2014 Tour De Force patches for $5. 100 percent of proceeds from the patches will be donated directly to the families of fallen heroes.

"We're honored to help Tour De Force cyclists gear up for another successful ride," said Adam Jacobs, West Palm Beach Denny's franchisee. "As we prepare to cheer them on from the sidelines, we hope this benefit night will provide an additional opportunity for our community to show its support for this worthwhile cause."

Denny's has helped Tour De Force raise more than $86,000 to date.

In addition to stopping by Denny's during the benefit night -- or if you just can't make it -- you can make a donation directly online at floridatourdeforce.org.

You can contact Rebecca Dittmar, Arts & Culture Editor/Food Blog Editor at [email protected].



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Rebecca McBane is the arts and culture/food editor for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. She began her journalism career at the Sun Sentinel's community newspaper offshoot, Forum Publishing Group, where she worked as the editorial assistant and wrote monthly features as well as the weekly library and literature column, "Shelf Life." After a brief stint bumming around London's East End (for no conceivable reason, according to her poor mother), she returned to real life and South Florida to start at New Times as the editorial assistant in 2009. A native Floridian, Rebecca avoids the sun and beach at all costs and can most often be found in a well-air-conditioned space with the glow of a laptop on her face.
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