Cops were on the roof of a Dunkin' Donuts shop Friday, adding a twist to National Donut Day celebrations. It was all for a good cause.
Lake County Sheriff’s deputies waved to customers as they participated in "Cops on a Roof," a statewide event to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics. The deputies were atop a Dunkin' Donuts, at 34484 N. Route 45 in Third Lake, from 5 a.m. until 2 p.m.
The collaboration of National Donut day and the Cops on a Roof initiative had the Dunkin' location booming, said Louisa Valdez, one of the store's shift leaders.
"People come and they love it," she said.
Instead of scarfing donuts, cops gave away a free donut coupon to every patron who made a donation. Patrons who donated $10 or more received a free stainless steel coffee mug. T-shirts and hats were sold for $15 to people who wanted to sport the ‘Special Olympic Torch Run’ logo.
Friday's event was the fourth year the Lake County Sheriff’s office participated. Organizers said they hoped to break their 2011 record, where they raised $2,682 for the cause.
Deputy Sheriff Dave McNichol said that as on noon, they'd raised approximately $1,600.
"All the funds raised go to benefit Special Olympics of Illinois," said McNichols.
Sheriff Mark Curran said the deputies are dedicated to community initiatives.
“Our Deputies continually volunteer their time for community causes and this is yet another example of their dedication to Lake County residents,” Curran said.
A Special Olympic Torch Run will be held on June 9, 2012.