Police officers throughout the state, including those from Addison, Bensenville and Wood Dale, are staking out Dunkin' Donuts rooftops beginning at 5 a.m. Friday to benefit Special Olympics.
For the 12th year in a row, officers will support the event to raise awareness and donations for the Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics Illinois.
Each year, more than 3,000 officers cover 1,500 miles while carrying the Flame of Hope through the streets of their hometowns and to the State Summer Games in June in Normal, according to a news release.
Each guest who visits a Cop on a Rooftop location Friday and makes a donation to the Torch Run will receive a free doughnut coupon. Guests donating at least $10 will receive a Law Enforcement Torch Run travel mug (while supplies last) and a coupon for a free medium coffee. Other items, such as Torch Run T-shirts and hats, will be sold for various donation amounts, the release stated.
In honor of the Special Olympics athletes and police officers, Dunkin’ Donuts created a special glazed red-and-white doughnut depicting Special Olympics Illinois colors. The doughnut, called “The Champion,” will be available at participating Dunkin’ Donuts locations through Friday, according to the release.
Dunkin’ Donuts also is donating $15,000 to the Torch Run fund, the release stated. The Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run has raised more than $31 million over 28 years.
Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Chicago Bulls broadcaster Chuck Swirsky, Special Olympics athletes, Chicago Blackhawks ambassador and Hockey Hall of Famer Tony Esposito, cooking personality “Momma Cuisine” Johanna Cook, and Chicago Fire Goalie Kyle Reynish are among the special guests who also will rise to the occasion to show their support.
More than $1.6 million has been raised from the Dunkin' Donuts event during the last 11 years. To meet their goal, police officers will have to top last year’s total of $310,000, according to the release.
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Cop on a Rooftop locations
• Addison: 33 E. Lake St. and 1750 W. Lake St.
• Bensenville: 1004 W. Irving Park Road
• Wood Dale: 516 W. Irving Park Road