Hundreds of law enforcement officers from throughout the state will stake out Dunkin’ Donuts rooftops – including the one at 1750 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Glenview – to benefit Special Olympics Illinois, from 5 a.m. to early afternoon on Friday, May 30.
For the 12th year in a row, police officers are scheduled to cover more than 170 Dunkin’ Donuts rooftops to heighten awareness and raise money for the Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics Illinois.
“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,” Sherman Police Chief Eric Smith, the Illinois Torch Run Director, stated. “It’s a fun event that works.”
To meet its goal, Special Olympics Illinois hopes to top last year’s total of $310,000 raised at 130 Dunkin’ Donuts locations.
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 (limit one per customer). Guests donating at least $10 will receive a Law Enforcement Torch Run travel mug (while supplies last) and a coupon for a free medium coffee. In addition, in return for the police officers “doing time” at their restaurants, Dunkin’ Donuts will donate $15,000 to the Torch Run fund.
Glenview officers last year raised $2,740 at the Cop on a Rooftop event. The local goal this year is $3,000.
The Special Olympics fund-raiser has grown considerably since police officers first took to Dunkin’ Donuts rooftops in 2003. That year, 12 police departments participated and raised $20,000.
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, beginning June 8, to the State Summer Games in Normal, where the opening ceremonies begin on June 13. The torch is expected to make its way to Glenview, at Milwaukee Avenue and West Lake Avenue, around 10 a.m. June 8.
The torch run is the single largest year-round fundraising event 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 more than 21,500 athletes with intellectual disabilities and more than 11,000 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 by calling (800) 394-0562 or visit the website at www.soill.org.