Local police to participate in Cop on a Rooftop fundraiser May 19 for Special Olympics

  Homewood Police Officer Curt Weist takes a shift on the 
  roof of Dunkin Donuts during the 2016 Cop on a 
  Rooftop fundraiser for Special Olympics Illinois. Local 
  officers will be returning to the roof on May 19. 

  (Chronicle file photo)

On May 19 local police officers will take to the roof of a local doughnut shop to help raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics, a worldwide organization that helps people with intellectual disabilities participate in sporting events.

From 6 a.m. to 1 p.m., Homewood officers will perch atop Dunkin Donuts at 17579 Halsted St. Flossmoor officers will be at the Dunkin Donuts shop at 3252 Vollmer Road in Olympia Fields from 6 to 11 a.m.

The annual Cop on Rooftop in Homewood is part of a statewide event, according to Homewood Deputy Chief Denise McGrath.

"This event has been a huge success over the years," she said. 

In 2016, 234 locations participated and raised more than $670,000, she said. 

According to the Special Olympics Illinois website, nearly $32 million has been raised in Illinois by the Cop on a Rooftop/Torch Run program. This year will be the 15th for the partnership between Special Olympics Illinois and law enforcement agencies.

Dunkin Donuts patrons will be able to purchase mugs, T-shirts, hats, pins and Harley Davidson motorcycle raffle tickets. Proceeds will benefit Special Olympics. 

Cop on a Rooftop precedes the next fundraiser, a torch run that begins June 4 and ends with the opening ceremony of Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games on June 9. Homewood and Flossmoor officers will participate in the torch run the evening of June 6.

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