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article imageCops stake out rooftops at Dunkin Donuts for Special Olympics

By Kim I. Hartman     May 24, 2010 in Lifestyle
Normal - Illinois police officers were staking out Dunkin' Donuts this weekend to raise money for Special Olympics. They started before daylight and with ladders in hand the cops climbed on the rooftops at the popular donut chain across the state.
Hundreds of police officers from throughout the state are scheduled to cover a record 119 Dunkin’ Donuts rooftops to heighten awareness and raise money for the Law Enforcement Torch Run announced the Special Olympics of Illinois.
In return for the police officers doing time at their stores, Dunkin’ Donuts will donate $10,000 to the Torch Run fund. In addition, everyone who visited a Cop on a Rooftop store that day and made a donation to the Torch Run received a free donut.
Souvineer t-shirts,hats and coffee mugs were sold as part of this fund raiser for the Special Olympics of Illinois and store owners say the customers get a big kick out of seing the the police in the stereotypical "cop at the donut shop scenario" and for this one day it becomes Cop on the Rooftop at participating stores.
Cops showed the good natured  sense of humor when they staked out rooftops of Illinois Dunkin  Donut...
Cops showed the good natured, sense of humor when they staked out rooftops of Illinois Dunkin' Donuts to raise money for the Special Olympics.
courtesy Special Olympics Illinois
“I am amazed at how this event has grown over the years,” says Illinois Torch Run Director and Channahon Police Chief Joe Pena. “I don’t think any of us ever imagined when this all started in 2003 with police officers raising $20,000 from just 12 Dunkin’ Donuts rooftops that one day, we would be looking at an event that raises close to $200,000 to support the athletes and their families.”
Pena adds that he hopes the record number of Dunkin’ Donuts rooftop locations will contribute to a new high raised by the event. A new donation record would need to top last year’s total of more than $182,000 raised at 97 Dunkin’ Donuts locations.
“This event without a doubt is our favorite store event of the year,” said Kathy Nowicki, field marketing manager for Dunkin’ Donuts. “Our franchisees love it, and so do our customers. Their support of the police officers and their devotion to Special Olympics show in the donations we get every year. When people ask me why we do this every year, I tell them Special Olympics is a wonderful program. Just attend or volunteer at an event and witness the joy on the athletes’ faces and you are hooked.”
Dunkin' Donuts is the the world’s largest coffee and baked goods chain. In 1950 Bill Rosenberg opened the first Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant in Quincy, Mass., with the goal to "make and serve the freshest, most delicious coffee and donuts quickly and courteously in modern, well-merchandised stores.”
A donut a day keeps the bad man away  at least for one day per year at Illinois Dunkin  Donut stores...
A donut a day keeps the bad man away, at least for one day per year at Illinois Dunkin' Donut stores.
courtesy Special Olympics Illinois
May 11 Dunkin' Donut's announced the brand's official entry into Russia. The first restaurant in Moscow on Novy Arbat Street, one of the city’s most prestigious and historic areas, will be open to the public on May 11th. This opening marks Dunkin’ Donuts’ plans to expand steadily throughout Russia and Ukraine over the next several years.
The Special Olympics was founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver. Shriver began her work with promoting the development, skills and abilities of the developmentally disabled June 1962 when she opened a summer day camp at her home in Maryland.
In July 1968, The 1st International Special Olympics Summer Games Shriver organized were held at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois, USA. 1,000 individuals with intellectual disabilities from 26 U.S. states and Canada compete in track and field and swimming.
Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 19 sports for nearly 21,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and more than 4,000 Young Athletes ages 2 – 7 with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics changes lives by empowering people with intellectual disabilities to realize their full potential in sports and in life. Special Olympics programs enhance physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, and social skills and encourage family and community support.
If you’re interested in learning more about Special Olympics Illinois, volunteering or providing financial support to the Special Olympics programs call 800-394-0562.
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