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Special Olympic Fundraiser – “Cop on Top” at Dunkin’ Donuts
May 30, 2014
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May 28, 2014
HUNDREDS OF POLICE OFFICERS TO STAKE OUT DUNKIN’ DONUTS ROOFTOPS
FOR 12TH STRAIGHT YEAR, FRIDAY, MAY 30
NORTH AURORA OFFICERS JOIN EFFORT TO RAISE MORE THAN $2,000
IN FUNDRAISER BENEFITING SPECIAL OLYMPICS ILLINOIS
Guests Receive Free Donut Coupon Upon Donation
NORTH AURORA, IL—For the 12th year in a row, hundreds of law enforcement officers from throughout the state will stake out Dunkin’ Donuts rooftops – including the one at 407 S. Lincolnway, North Aurora – to benefit Special Olympics Illinois on Friday, May 30, beginning at 6 a.m.
This year, police officers are scheduled to cover a record 170 Dunkin’ Donuts rooftops to heighten awareness and raise money for the Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics Illinois. Officers from the North Aurora Police Department will be manning the Dunkin’ Donuts at 407 S. Lincolnway, North Aurora. A complete list of the locations around the state can be downloaded at http://www.soill.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/2014-Dunkin-Donuts-Cop-on-Rooftop-Participating-Locations-5-19-14.pdf.
In honor of Special Olympics Illinois athletes and police officers supporting the rooftop event, Dunkin’ Donuts created a special “Rooftop Ring” donut, a glazed donut ring with red icing depicting Special Olympics Illinois colors. The donut will be available at Dunkin’ Donuts locations in Chicago and suburbs May 26 – 30.
Each guest who visits a Cop on a Rooftop location that day and makes a donation to the Torch Run will receive a free donut coupon. Guests donating at least $10 will receive a Law Enforcement Torch Run travel mug (while supplies last) and a coupon for free medium coffee. Other items, such as Torch Run T-shirts and hats, will be sold for various donation amounts. Additional activities may vary by Dunkin’ Donuts location.
Dunkin’ Donuts also is donating $15,000 to the Torch Run fund. “More than $1.6 million has been raised from this event over the last 11 years and we’re hoping to set new records this year,” said Illinois Torch Run Director and Sherman Police Chief Eric Smith. “It’s a fun event that works.”
To meet their goal, police officers will have to top last year’s total of $310,000. Locally, officers raised $1,727 last year in support of the Cop on a Rooftop event. The local goal for this year is $2,000.
The Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run has raised more than $31 million over 28 years while increasing awareness of Special Olympics Illinois athletes and their accomplishments. Each year, more than 3,000 officers cover 1,500 miles carrying the Flame of Hope through the streets of their hometowns and to the State Summer Games in Normal in June. It is the single largest year-round fundraising vehicle benefiting Special Olympics Illinois. The intrastate relay and its various fundraising projects have two goals: to raise money and increase public awareness for the athletes of Special Olympics. The Torch Run has set a goal of raising $3.5 million in 2014.
Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 19 sports for nearly 21,500 athletes with intellectual disabilities and more than 18,500 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics programs enhance physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, social skills and encourage family support. The first Special Olympics games were held at Soldier Field in July, 1968; the program now is in more than 170 countries.
If you’re interested in learning more about Special Olympics Illinois, volunteering or providing financial support to help make Special Olympics programs possible, contact your local Special Olympics agency, call 800-394-0562 or visit the website at www.soill.org.
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Contact: Carrie Reckert
Special Olympics Illinois
Deputy Chief Scott Buziecki
North Aurora Police Department
(630) 897-8705, ext. 752