Orland Park Police Join Counterparts Statewide to Raise Funds for Special Olympics Illinois

Orland Park Police Join Counterparts Statewide to Raise Funds for Special Olympics Illinois
Posted on 05/30/2014

The Orland Park Police Department has participated in events to help Special Olympics Illinois for nearly 30 years. On Friday, May 30, police personnel throughout Illinois will stake out Dunkin’ Donuts rooftops to raise money for the Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics Illinois.

Orland Park Police personnel will sit atop the Dunkin Donuts in Orland Park from 5 a.m. until 2 p.m., at 11289 West 143rd Street, 14461 South LaGrange Rd and at 15609 South Harlem Avenue.

“The Orland Park Police Department has been helping Special Olympics Illinois for years,” said Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin. “We welcome everyone to stop at any of these three Dunkin Donuts on Friday to say hello to the police on the roof, buy some donuts and help Special Olympics at the same time,” the mayor said.

Police officers throughout Illinois are scheduled to cover more than 170 Dunkin’ Donuts rooftops to raise awareness and donations for the Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics Illinois.

“Orland Park’s team is hoping to surpass last year’s total of $6000, wanting to collect $7000,” said Trustee Dan Calandriello, chair of the village’s Public Safety Committee. “We’re all hoping for good weather as these men and women volunteer to sit on the roof for hours at a time,” he added.

In honor of Special Olympics Illinois athletes and police officers supporting the rooftop event, Dunkin’ Donuts created a special “Rooftop Ring” donut, a glazed donut ring with red icing depicting Special Olympics Illinois colors. The donut will be available at Dunkin’ Donuts locations in Chicago and suburbs May 26 through May 30.

“The Orland Park Police Department is a proud supporter of Special Olympics Illinois,” said Police Chief Tim McCarthy. “Our personnel have participated in the Super Polar Plunge, Cop in the Rooftop and Tip A Cop. They host their very popular Bike Ride for Special Olympics Illinois each August and host a booth benefitting Special Olympics at the Taste of Orland Park,” the chief said.

Each guest 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 hats, will be sold for various donation amounts. Additional activities may vary by Dunkin’ Donuts location. Dunkin’ Donuts also is donating $15,000 to the Torch Run Fund.

In 2013, Orland Park police personnel raised more than $6000 during its Cop on a Rooftop event. This year, Orland Park law enforcement is hoping to raise $7000 among the three locations.

Further information about Special Olympics Illinois is available by calling 800-394-0562 or by visiting www.soill.org.