ROCHELLE – People getting their coffee and doughnuts from Dunkin’ Donuts Friday morning were greeted by more than the usual restaurant staff as many area police officers were present and some on the roof.
The annual Cop on a Rooftop fundraiser is a statewide event held at all participating Dunkin’ Donuts locations. Police officers from around the region come out to interact with customers, and climb up on the roof to wave at passersby.
The goal of the event is to help raise money for the Illinois Special Olympics.
“It is here to benefit the Illinois Torch Run, which benefits the Illinois Special Olympics,” said Rochelle Police Officer Jim Jakymiw. “What it does is raise funds for those athletes so that they can go to the games.”
At the event, people were able to meet local law enforcement, pet the K-9 unit, and enjoy a little breakfast, all while supporting a good cause. In addition to the donations, raffle tickets for a chance to win one of the two grand prizes were available for purchase and items were also for sale to help raise funds.
“It is $10 for a mug and $20 for a T-shirt,” said Jakymiw. “We also have tickets for a Harley Davidson and an ATV that the state is raffling off.”
This is the second year the event has taken place at the Dunkin’ Donuts in Rochelle. This year the whole surrounding community came together, with more than just the Rochelle Police Department coming out to show support.
“Oregon Police Department came out, Ogle County has a deputy here, along with the community buildings,” said Rochelle Officer Ryan Beery. “All of us who wear the same patch.”
Many people from the community came out to show their support, with the line wrapping all the way around the lobby. The goal for the event is to become an annual fundraiser in the town of Rochelle.
“It’s awesome that we have this opportunity to help raise funds for the Special Olympic athletes,” said Jakymiw.