CHICAGO, April 29 For the 6th year in a row, Illinoispolice officers will stake out Dunkin' Donuts rooftops to benefit SpecialOlympics Illinois.
On Friday, May 9, beginning at 5 a.m., hundreds of police officers fromthroughout the state will cover more than 60 Dunkin' Donuts rooftops toheighten awareness and raise donations for the 23rd Annual Law EnforcementTorch Run to benefit Special Olympics Illinois.
Illinois Torch Run Director and Channahon Police Chief Joe Pena isprojecting a record year for the event, which will need to top 2006's totalsof 54 Dunkin' Donuts rooftops and $108,300 raised in donations. The SpecialOlympics fund-raiser has grown considerably since police officers first tookto Dunkin' Donuts rooftops in 2003. That year, 12 police departmentsparticipated and raised $20,000.
This year's event will begin at 5 a.m. and run through 2 p.m. at alllocations which include Arlington Heights, Addison, Chicago, Elmhurst,Lombard, Palos Heights, Naperville, Mundelein, Schaumburg, South Elgin andPeoria. In some cases, mayors and other local officials will join policeofficers on the store roofs.
In return for the police officers doing time at their stores, Dunkin'Donuts will donate $10,000 to the Torch Run fund. In addition, everyone whovisits a Cop on a Rooftop store that day and makes a donation to the Torch Runwill receive a free donut. Persons donating at least $10 will receive a LawEnforcement Torch Run travel mug and coupon for free coffee. Other items,such as Torch Run T-shirts and hats, will be sold for various donations.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run was started in 1986. Each year, more than3,000 officers cover 1,500 miles carrying the Flame of Hope through thestreets of their hometowns and to the State Summer Games in Normal in June.It is the single largest year-round fundraising event benefiting SpecialOlympics Illinois.
Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offeringyear-round training and competition in 19 sports for athletes ages 8 years andolder with intellectual disabilities. If you're interested in learning moreabout Special Olympics Illinois, call 800-TEAM-ISO or visithttp://www.soill.org.
SOURCE Special Olympics Illinois; Dunkin' Donuts