LETR Awards & Honors
Each year the Law Enforcement Torch Run International Executive Council recognised the achievements of Torch Run programs from around the world. This would normally take place at the annual LETR International Conference, which did not place this year due to the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic. This video highlights the overall achievements of the movements as well as listing the winning programs in the various award categories.
Click the tabs below to see the total amount raised by Law Enforcement Agencies throughout Kansas in 2019.
- Leawood Police Department $36,636.45
- Topeka Police Department $33,975.45
- Merriam Police Department $32,891.35
- Shawnee Police Department $32,699.38
- Bourbon County Sheriff’s Office $23,839.00
- Pittsburg Police Department $23,533.86
- Johnson County Sheriff’s Office $23,162.45
- Ottawa Police Department $17,766.50
Top Raisers, Past Winners, & Unsung Heroes
RICHARD LAMUNYON HALL OF FAME
The Richard LaMunyon Torch Run Hall of Fame was created to recognize outstanding individuals who have significantly contributed to the statewide success of the Kansas Law Enforcement Torch Run benefiting Special Olympics. The winner’s involvement must demonstrate a sustained and significant contribution to the achievement of the goals of the Kansas Law Enforcement Torch Run. The minimum requirements for this award are at least five (5) years of participation with the Kansas Torch Run, outstanding achievement in program development, organization and fundraising success.
Congratulations to the 2019 Richard LaMunyon Hall of Fame winner Joni Showalter. Joni engaged the communities in NW Kansas to embrace SOKS, our mission, and our athletes! She led the highest fundraising LETR Region per capita for 5 consecutive years and engaged 85% of the counties within her Region. She started the Goodland Mustangs Local Program team when she realized there were potential athletes in Goodland without a team. She was responsible for creating and hosting the first “Community Torch Run” in Kansas. Serving as the leader in our new style of events.