Cops on Rooftop to Benefit Illinois Special Olympics

Recap of the 2018 Cops on Rooftop

For four early morning hours on Friday, May 18, 2018, 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.

The weather was fantastic, and it showed in the number of people that showed up to help support this great cause. When all was said and done, we raised $2,607.04.  It was a record for the event and eclipsed the 2017 total by approximately $387.00. It also brought our total from the 11 years we have participated to $18,204.91!! 

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 the Vernon Hills Public Works Department!

Below are some pictures from the 2018 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. In early June representatives of the VHPD ran a three-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.

Yes! A successful Munchkin catch.


A Dunkin' Munchkin heads to an officer.


Many drive-by donors helped out.


A gorgeous morning.


Can he catch it?


Another bunch of Munchkins headed to the roof.


Our friends at the Countryside Fire Protection District stopped by.