Cops on Rooftop to Benefit Illinois Special Olympics
Recap of the 2017 Cops on Rooftop
For four early morning hours on Friday, May 19, 2017, 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 on May 19 was lousy. Although the rain held off until the event was finished, it was cloudy and windy with the temperature in the low 40's. However, the bad weather didn't seem to have a negative affect on the event. When all was said and done, we raised $2,220.00. (It also brought our total from the 10 years we have participated to $15,597.87!!) 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!
Here's some pictures from the 2017 event, including a VHPD group photo with Vernon Hills resident and Illinois Special Olympic medalist Nick Zaccari.
Preparing for the Munchkin drop
A missed Munchkin gets scooped up
Special Olympian Nick Zaccari in the center
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 26, 2017, about a dozen representatives participated in the Polar Plunge and raised $1,275.00. In early June representatives of the VHPD will run 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.