17th Annual “Cop on a Rooftop” Fundraiser for Special Olympics Illinois Scheduled for Friday (May 17) at 316 Ilinois Dunkin’ Locations
A Record Number of Dunkin’s are Participating, as the Campaign Aims to Surpass Last Year’s Total of $871,000
CHICAGO – The 17th annual “Cop on a Rooftop” event will take place Friday, May 17, from 5 a.m. until noon at 316 Illinois Dunkin’ locations. Law enforcement officials will be stationed on rooftops at participating Dunkin’ locations across the state of Illinois, collecting money for the Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics Illinois. Special Olympics athletes and their families, plus mascots from the Chicago Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox are among the special guests who will join law enforcement officials to show their support.
Event organizers are aiming to surpass last year’s grand total of $871,000. Since 2003, the event has raised more than $4.8 million total dollars for Special Olympics Illinois. Of note, 316 participating Dunkin’ stores is a record for the annual fundraiser. For a full list of participating Chicagoland locations, please visit: coponarooftop.com/Illinois.pdf.
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Each guest who visits a Dunkin’ Cop on a Rooftop location and makes a donation to the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run will receive a free classic donut coupon. Guests who donate at least $10 will receive an Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run travel mug (while supplies last) and a coupon for a free medium hot coffee. Torch Run t-shirts and raffle tickets will be sold, and additional activities will take place at various participating Dunkin’ locations.
In support of the Special Olympics athletes and law enforcement personnel, Dunkin’ will donate $15,000. Additionally, in honor of the campaign, “The Champion”– a special glazed red-and-white donut depicting Special Olympics Illinois colors – will be available on the day of the event at participating Dunkin’s.
Four other states – Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio – will also organize Cop on a Rooftop events to raise money for their respective Special Olympic chapters. Later in the year, five additional states (Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Minnesota and Wisconsin) will host their own Cop on a Rooftop events.
About Special Olympics Illinois
Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 18 sports for more than 23,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and nearly 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. If you are 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 our website at www.soill.org. Follow Special Olympics Illinois on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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 nearly $51 million over the last 32 years while increasing awareness of Special Olympics Illinois athletes and their accomplishments.
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