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Park Ridge Police to 'Stake Out' Rooftops for Charity

May 16, 2013 11:19 AM
For the 11th year in a row, hundreds of law enforcement officers from throughout the state will
stake out Dunkin’ Donuts rooftops – including both Park Ridge locations – to benefit Special Olympics
Illinois on Friday, May 31.
 
This year, police officers are scheduled to cover a record 150 Dunkin’ Donuts rooftops to
heighten awareness and raise money for the Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics
Illinois.
 
Officers from the Park Ridge Police Department will be staffing the Dunkin’ Donuts at 1129 W.
Touhy Ave and 2606 W. Dempster St, Park Ridge, beginning at 5:00 a.m. A complete list of the locations around the state can be downloaded at http://www.soill.org/dunkin-donuts-cop-on-rooftop/.
 
"More than $1.3 million has been raised from this event over the last 10 years and we’re hoping
to set new records this year," said Illinois Torch Run Director and Sherman Police Chief Eric Smith. "It’s
a wonderfully fun, simple event that works."
 
To meet their goal, police officers will have to top last year’s total of $235,000. Park Ridge
officers raised $3,106 last year in support of the Cop on a Rooftop event. The local goal for this year is
$5,000.
 
In return for the police officers "doing time" at their restaurants, Dunkin’ Donuts will donate
$15,000 to the Torch Run fund. In addition, each guest who visits a Cop on a Rooftop location that day
and who 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 hats, will be sold for various donation
amounts, and other activities may vary by Dunkin’ Donuts location.
 
The Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run has raised nearly $28 million over 27 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
and to the State Summer Games in Normal in June. It 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 million for 2013.
 
Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and
competition in 19 sports for more than 21,300 athletes with intellectual disabilities and nearly 13,000
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 Officer Julie Genualdi, Park
Ridge Police Department 847-318-5233 or email jgenuald@parkridgepolice.org.
 
 
 

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