Cop on a Rooftop Supports Special Olympics Illinois at Four West Chicago Locations

For the 15th year in a row, law enforcement officers from throughout the state will stake out Dunkin’ Donuts rooftops to support Special Olympics Illinois on Friday, May 19, 2017 beginning at 5 a.m.

Representatives from the West Chicago Police Department will be on-site at all four West Chicago Dunkin’ Donuts locations:  Rt. 59/North Ave., Rt. 59/Main St., Rt. 38/Washington St., and Rt. 38/ Joliet St.

Statewide, officers hope to top last year’s donation total of $672,000 as they head to 274 Dunkin’ Donuts rooftops to raise awareness and donations for the Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics Illinois.

Special Olympics athletes and their families and representatives from Chicago’s major sports teams are among the special guests who will join police officers and rise to the occasion to show their support.

In honor of the Special Olympics athletes and police officers participating in the rooftop event, Dunkin’ Donuts will donate $15,000 to the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run.

In addition, 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 raffle tickets, will be sold for various donation amounts. Additional activities will vary by Dunkin’ Donuts location.

Dunkin’ Donuts also has created a special glazed red and white donut ring depicting Special Olympics Illinois colors. The donut, called “The Champion,” will be available at Dunkin’ Donuts locations in Chicago and suburbs May 19, 2017.

This year, for the first time, police officers in Kansas, Ohio, Missouri, Kentucky and Pennsylvania will join officers in Illinois to stake out Dunkin’ Donuts rooftops to support Special Olympics in their own states.

“Special Olympics means we are all on the same team, no matter what,” said Special Olympics athlete Erin Compton, who will join police officers at Dunkin’ Donuts in Downers Grove and Westmont that day. “My favorite part of the Dunkin’ Donuts event is seeing the police officers on the roof. They are awesome.”

For a list of all participating locations, visit https://www.soill.org. For additional information or questions about the West Chicago stake outs, contact Detective Robbi Peterson at (630) 293-2234 or rpeterson@westchciago.org.

About Law Enforcement Torch Run 

The Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run® is the single largest year-round fundraising vehicle benefiting Special Olympics Illinois. The annual intrastate relay and its various fundraising projects have two goals: to raise money and gain public awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Illinois. The Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run® has raised more than $43 million over 31 years while increasing awareness of Special Olympics Illinois athletes and their accomplishments. 

About Special Olympics Illinois 

Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 19 sports for more than 22,500 athletes with intellectual disabilities and more than 20,000 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics transforms the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, allowing them to realize their full potential in sports and in life. Special Olympics programs enhance physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, social skills and encourage family and community support. To learn 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 our website at www.soill.org.

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