Maple Park Police awarded Flame of Hope

By on February 14, 2014

NORMAL, ILL.—The Maple Park Police Department was recently awarded the Flame of Hope Trophy at the annual Special Olympics’ kickoff event in Normal, Ill.

The Maple Park Police Department raised more than any other agency in Illinois. Jim and Colleeen MacRunnels of Elburn coordinate the fundraising activities for Maple Park.

The Police Department will have its name in the No. 1 position on this year’s Special Olympics shirt, as the department raised more than $63,000 in 2013. Maple Park has raised over $120,000 for the Special Olympics since 2011.

The Flame of Hope trophy is displayed in the village of Maple Park Village Office. The trophy will soon go on display at the Maple Park Pub, Bootleggers Pizza, Grill and Bar, Casey’s General Store, Honest Automotive and other community businesses that sponsored the Police Department’s fundraiser events.

“It is with great pride that I accepted this trophy on behalf of the MacRunnels and the other volunteers, the community of Maple Park and especially for our local Special Olympians who play a big role in our fund raising,” said Maple Park Police Chief Mike Acosta.