Lemont Police Chief Kevin Shaughnessy will be exiled to the roof of Dunkin' Donuts Friday, and he'll need generosity before he can come back down.
On Friday, May 20, from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m., the will hold its annual "Cop on Top" fundraiser, joining police departments across the state as they heighten awareness and raise money for the Law Enforcement Torch Run. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics Illinois.
During the event, Shaughnessy will be sent to the roof of Dunkin' Donuts, 12371 Derby Road, while Lemont police officers and academy alumni collect donations. Anyone who makes a donation will receive a coupon for a free donut, and those who donate $10 or more will receive a Torch Run travel mug (while supplies last).
The mug can be filled at participating Dunkin' Donuts stores, free of charge, throughout the day of the event.
Individuals who donate $15 or more will receive a T-shirt and hat.
The Cop on Top fundraiser has grown considerably since it begain in 2003. That year, 12 police departments participated and raised $20,000. Last year, 111 Dunkin' Donuts locations joined together to raise $207,000.
Illinois Torch Run Director and Channahon Police Chief Joe Pena said in a news release that despite the economy, he thinks they can break the record again.
"The story speaks for itself — it’s good and dedicated police officers working to support Special Olympics athletes and their families," he said. "Year after year, that’s enough said.”
In return for the police officers donating their time, Dunkin’ Donuts will give $10,000 to the Torch Run fund.
The Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run was founded in 1986. To celebrate the program's 25th anniversary, police departments have set a goal of raising $3 million for this year. Last year, the Torch Run raised more than $2.9 million for Special Olympics Illinois.
Special Olympics Illinois is a non-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 19 sports for nearly 21,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and more than 6,000 young athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. The first Special Olympics games were held at Soldier Field in July, 1968.
Today, the program now is in more than 170 countries.
To learn more about Special Olympics Illinois, visit www.soill.org.
Anyone wishing to donate can bring a check to the Lemont Police Department, 14600 127th St. Checks should be made payable to Special Olympics.