Orland Park Police Participate in May 29 Cop on a Roof Top Fundraiser

Orland Park Police Participate in May 29 Cop on a Roof Top Fundraiser
Posted on 05/28/2015

Orland Park police personnel will sit atop local Dunkin’ Donuts on Friday, May 29 as part of the annual Cop on a Rooftop Fundraiser benefiting Special Olympics Illinois.

Three Orland Park Dunkin’ Donuts will have roof top visitors from 5 a.m. until 2 p.m., 11309 West 143rd Street, 14461 South LaGrange Road and at 15609 South Harlem Avenue.

While police are on the roof, Orland Park Trustee Dan Calandriello, chair of the village’s Public Safety Committee, will be inside of the Dunkin’ Donuts at 143rd and Wolf Road from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. to meet with residents and answer questions. This particular Dunkin’ Donuts is along the route for the upcoming Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.

“The Cop on a Rooftop Fundraiser for Special Olympics is a fun event in Orland Park that gives residents a chance to donate to Special Olympics and meet members of the Orland Park Police Department at the same time,” Calandriello said. “I wanted to take this a step further this year and be at one of the Dunkin’ Donuts to say hello, thank people for helping and answer any questions they may have.”

Each guest who makes a donation at an Orland Park location on May 29 will receive a free donut coupon. Donations of $10 or more will receive a free medium coffee coupon and a Law Enforcement Torch Run travel mug. Various items, including Torch Run t-shirts and hats will be available for purchase.

“The Orland Park Police Department is a longtime supporter of Special Olympics Illinois,” said Chief Tim McCarthy. “Last year, our volunteers raised more than $800 at the Dunkin Donuts events and they raise money for Special Olympics throughout the year,” the chief said.

Dunkin’ Donuts will offer a special “Rooftop Ring” donut in honor of Special Olympics Illinois athletes and police officer supporters. It will be a glazed donut ring with red icing representing Special Olympics Illinois colors. The special donut will be available at Dunkin’ Donuts locations in Chicago and surrounding suburbs May 26-30.

“We always have a good time with this fundraiser,” said Ron Kus, a telecommunications officer for the department, who oversees the department’s Special Olympics fundraisers. “People make a point to stop in to make a donation, grab a cup of coffee and say hello to our volunteers up on the roof and those collecting on the ground. It’s a fun morning,” he said.

“If you’re in the area of 143rd and Wolf Road --- or near the other two Dunkin Donuts --- stop in, grab a cup of coffee and say hello,” Calandriello said. “We’re hoping the police can surpass last year’s donations and every bit helps,” he said.

Cop on a Rooftop is part of the statewide Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. Every year, Illinois police departments participate in the run with officers and athletes running the Flame of Hope to the opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics locations.

Orland Park’s locations are among the more than 330 Illinois Dunkin’ Donuts participating in the May 29 fundraising effort for Special Olympics Illinois.