Courtesy Village of Brookfield

For the 11th year in a row, hundreds of law enforcement officers from throughout the state will stake out Dunkin’ Donuts rooftops including one in Brookfield to benefit Special Olympics Illinois on Friday, May 31 beginning at 5am.

This year, police officers are scheduled to cover a record 150 Dunkin’ Donuts rooftops to heighten awareness and raise money for the Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics Illinois. Officers from the Brookfield Police Department will be manning the Dunkin’ Donuts at 9200 Ogden Avenue (Ogden / Maple Ave.).

Anyone visiting the Dunkin’ Donuts 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 and a coupon for a free medium coffee. Other items, such as T-shirts and hats will be sold as well. In addition, Dunkin’ Donuts will donate $15,000 to the Torch Run fund. The Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run has raised $28 million during the past 27 years while increasing awareness for Special Olympics Illinois athletes and their accomplishments. Each year, more than 3,000 officers cover 1,500 miles carrying the Flame of Hope through the streets of their hometowns and to the State Summer Games in Normal which takes place in June. It is the single largest year-round fundraising event benefiting Special Olympics Illinois. The intrastate relay and its various fundraising projects have two goals: to raise money and increase public awareness for the athletes for Special Olympics. The Torch-Run has set a goal for 2013 of $3 million.

Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year round training and competition in 19 sports for more than 21,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympic programs enhance physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, and social skills and encourage family support. For more information concerning this terrific event, contact Lt. Ed Petrak at (708) 485-8131.