The Park Forest Police Department is once again participating in the 2023 Dunkin' Cop on a Rooftop campaign. The statewide event to raise money for Special Olympics of Illinois takes place this year on Friday, May 19, from 5 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Last year, the statewide campaign raised more than $925,000 across 315 locations for the 21,000 athletes of Special Olympics Illinois (SOILL).
Chief Paul Winfrey said Park Forest Police are campaigning at the Dunkin' Donuts located at 431 W. 14th Street in Chicago Heights and hope to have another strong turnout from residents
"Residents can make donations, no matter how small or large, and buy T-shirts or hats," Winfrey said. "With every donation, you'll receive a free donut. A $10 donation receives a free thermal coffee mug with the Special Olympics and Dunkin logos and a coupon for a free medium coffee."
Winfrey said it’s the community’s support that makes all the difference.
"We simply would not exist and could not perform our mission without our residents," Winfrey said. "Residents can also hang out with PFPD sworn and civilian staff."
Winfrey noted the Park Forest Police Department has a long history of supporting Special Olympics Illinois events. In addition to Cop on a Rooftop, the Park Forest Police Department has also participated in the Polar Plunge, the Plane Pull, the Truck Convoy, and the Torch Run.
"The relationship between Law Enforcement and Special Olympics is near to all of our hearts," Winfrey said
Winfrey added that Park Forest Police don't set a fundraising goal for Cop on a Rooftop but do usually raise anywhere between $1200 and $1800 at the event.