Maple Park Police Department continues Special Olympics fundraising success

By on June 27, 2014
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MAPLE PARK—The Maple Park Police Department is not only interested in upholding the safety of the citizens of Maple Park, it’s also volunteering for and funding the Special Olympics.

In fact, already this year, and with only two fundraising events under its belt, the Maple Park Police Department has raised a total of $50,000 for the Special Olympics.

On May 18 of this year, the Maple Park Police Department and Colleen MacRunnels, a former assistant warden with the Illinois Department of Corrections, hosted the seventh annual “Pulling for Special Olympics” event at the St. Charles Sportsman’s Club in Elburn. The event was held to raise money for The Law Enforcement Torch Run—the single largest year-round fundraising event for Special Olympics Illinois. The day resulted in the Police Department’s most successful event yet, with $45,000 going to the Special Olympics.

The Maple Park Police Department’s second fundraising event of 2014 took place on May 30. Police Chief Mike Acosta participated in the “Cop on a Rooftop” fundraising event at the Dunkin’ Donuts in Sycamore. Cop on a Rooftop is a fundraising program in which Illinois police officers stake out on Dunkin’ Donuts’ rooftops in an effort to raise money for the Torch Run. Every person who visited a Cop on a Rooftop store and made a donation received a free donut. If someone donated at least $10, they received a Torch Run travel mug and a coupon for a Dunkin’ Donuts medium coffee.

These two events together raised $50,000 for Special Olympics—already half of the Police Department’s $100,000 goal for this year. If the department reaches its goal, it will have raised the single-most amount of money ever in the state of Illinois for the Special Olympics.

As a reward for all of his hard work, Chief Acosta on the weekend of June 13 attended and volunteered at the Special Olympics Summer Games in Bloomington, Ill. Chief Acosta presented participants with ribbons and other awards.

“This was the best two-day event I’ve ever been to as a police chief in uniform”, Acosta said, “I’ll tell you, it is one of the greatest things you can do.”

Beyond the fundraising events, Chief Acosta and the Maple Park Police Department set up a booth at the Kane County Flea Market every month to raise money for the Special Olympics. They sell T-shirts and raffle tickets to win a Harley Davidson motorcycle.

“The Special Olympics and law enforcement have a special relationship; it actually dates back to the 1960s.”

There are many more fundraising events to come. The next one, known as the “Wheel of Meat,” will take place on Saturday, July 19, at the Maple Park Pub & Grill. The event will kick off with a 100-yard marathon from Bootleggers Bar, Grill and Pizza to H.D. Rockers, and will finish at the Maple Park Pub & Grill for the Wheel of Meat event. There is a $25 admission fee that will include a T-shirt and three drink tickets—one for each establishment. All of the proceeds will go to the Special Olympics.

For more information, visit www.pullingforspecialolympics.com/ or the Maple Park Police Department for Special Olympics Facebook page.