|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, beginning at 5 a.m.
For the second year in a row, from 5am-2pm, the men and women of the Antioch Police Department will be on the rooftop of the Antioch Dunkin’ Donuts located at 442 Orchard Street, hoping to top last year’s donations of $4,100 while raising awareness for the Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics Illinois.
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 person 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.
Each year hundreds of law enforcement agencies across the State of Illinois participate in this event, and 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.
For a list of all participating locations, go to www.soill.org.
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.
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 their website at www.soill.org.