Wednesday, August 17, 2011

"Cops on Rooftops" this Saturday and Sunday!

Please come out and support Special Olympics Maryland this Saturday and Sunday, August 20th and 21st.

The following press release is from Chief Douglas Holland of the Hyattsville Police Department outlines the “Cops on Rooftops” fundraising event for SOMD.

“Anyone who ever thought nothing good could come from cops sitting around (or in this case ON) a donut shop might reconsider that notion when “Cops on Rooftops” – a fundraiser for Special Olympics Maryland -- comes to the Dunkin’ Donuts at 3030 Queens Chapel Road on Saturday, August 20 starting at 6 am through Sunday, August 21, 2011.

As part of a national fundraising effort for Special Olympics Maryland, many good-natured officers from the Police Departments of the City of Hyattsville, Mt. Rainier, Riverdale Park, Bladensburg, Prince George’s County and other local agencies have volunteered to spend the weekend on the roof of the Hyattsville-area Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant located at 3030 Queens Chapel Road. Their collective fundraising goal is $10,000 and they will not come down until that money has been collected. Police Chiefs and Officials from the local municipal and county agencies will be on hand on Saturday from 9 am to 10 am.

In 2009, the first year a Maryland location participated in the promotion, the Laurel Dunkin’ Donuts and Laurel Police Department raised more than $7,000. Last year, with five Dunkin Donut locations partnering with law enforcement, $30,000 was raised for Special Olympics Maryland. This year eight Dunkin’ Donuts locations across the state will take part in the program: Laurel, College Park, Westminster, Towson, Reisterstown, Havre de Grace, Hyattsville and California.

Dunkin’ Donuts customers and the general public alike are encouraged to stop by and support the officers in their efforts to raise both funds and awareness for the Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics Maryland. Along with law enforcement volunteers who will be on the rooftop, other officers and Special Olympics athletes will greet customers inside and outside of the store, passing around donation jars and rallying support for the cause. Special Olympics Maryland merchandise will be available for sale and there will be a raffle of various items donated by local merchants. A moon bounce will also be set up for the kids.

“Cops and donuts have a long, humorous history together, so it was only fitting that we team up with the great folks at Dunkin’ Donuts for this light-hearted event,” said Chief Douglas Holland of the Hyattsville City Police Department. “This event allows us to do something great for an incredible organization and poke a little fun at ourselves at the same time. What could be better than that?”

The event was founded on the idea by the law enforcement officers of Illinois, who in 2009, took to the rooftops of 94 Dunkin’ Donuts locations across the state and raised more than $182,000. SOMD is a year-round sports organization dedicated to providing quality sports training and competition opportunities to Maryland’s children and adults with intellectual disabilities and/or closely related development disabilities. SOMD currently serves 10,000 athletes statewide, and offers 28 sports, all at no cost to the athletes or their families. For more information about SOMD visit www.somd.org or call 410-789-6677.”

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