Police take to roofs for Special Olympics

Police take to roofs for Special Olympics

For the 11th straight year, hundreds of Illinois police officers will take part in an event Friday to raise money for Special Olympics Illinois at Dunkin' Donuts stores.

Beginning at 5 a.m., police will be on the roofs of the stores at 515 S. Neil St., C; 404 W. University Ave., U; and 402 S. Century Blvd., Rantoul, to raise money and awareness about the Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics Illinois.

Anyone who makes a donation will receive a coupon for a free doughnut.

Special Olympics Illinois hopes to top last year's total of $240,000 raised at Dunkin' Donuts locations around the state.

In return for the police officers "doing time" at their respective stores, Dunkin' Donuts will donate $15,000 to the Torch Run fund.

Guests donating at least $10 will receive a Law Enforcement Torch Run travel mug and a coupon for free medium coffee.

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.

More than 3,000 officers cover 1,500 miles each year carrying the Flame of Hope through the streets of their hometowns and to the state Summer Games in Normal in June.

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