Cop on a Rooftop to Benefit Illinois Special Olympics

The 2019 Cop on a Rooftop to Benefit Special Olympics 
was held on Friday, May 17, from 5 am to 9 am

Recap of the 2019 Cop on a Rooftop

For four early morning hours on Friday, May 17, 2019, patrons at the Hawthorn Hills Shopping Center were greeted by Vernon Hills police officers and many other department employees in order to raise money and awareness for the Special Olympics of Illinois (SOILL). Those donating money for the cause received a coupon for a free doughnut. Those who donated $5 were treated to the sight of a "Munchkin Drop," where our officer "on rooftop" dropped a Munchkin, hopefully into the mouth of a waiting cop on the ground. Those who donated $10 or more received a travel mug and a coupon for free coffee.

Although it was chilly and a bit windy, the rain held off and the support was (as always) fantastic. When all was said and done, we raised $2,440.18, bringing the grand total that we have raised since 2008 (12 years) to $20,864.64

Once again, the amount of people willing to donate to this cause and the amount that was raised is truly amazing. Thanks to all!

A HUGE thank you goes out to Dunkin' Donuts, without whose cooperation this event would not have been possible. Thanks also to Dunkin's neighbor, Fireplaces Plus, the Vernon Hills Public Works Department and to Fast Signs in Libertyville for the awesome signs to attract drive-by donors.

Below are some pictures from the 2019 event.

Other SOILL Fundraising Efforts

This program is the second of three main efforts by the Department to raise money for the SOIL. On Sunday, February 18, 2018, Six representatives of VHPD participated in the Polar Plunge and raised $850.00. (Unfortunately, the 2019 Polar Plunge was cancelled due to high winds causing damage at the facility.)

In early June, 2019 representatives of the VHPD will run a two-mile leg through Vernon Hills in the 
Torch Run for the Special Olympics.

For more information regarding the Department's SOILL efforts, or to make a donation, contact Commander Jim Levicki at 847-362-4449.

The drive-by donors were great!

Drive by donors
Sidewalk group
Money in hat
Money in hand

With a $5 donation you could pick which police officer had to attempt a Munchkin catch. Look close and you can see it.

Munchkin Drop

A young donor gets his donut.

Young donor

A $10 donation got you a mug.


These great signs from Fast Signs in Libertyville helped attract drive-by donors.

Drive by donor sign

We wonder how many he ate.

Roof with Munchkins

Special Olympian Vinny Roberts stopped by.

Special Olympian 1

Speiclal Olympian Nick Zaccari also came by for support.

Special Olympian 2
Cops on roof