Springfield Police, Dunkin’ Donuts raising money for Special Olympics Ohio

The Springfield Police Division will team up with Dunkin’ Donuts to help raise money for Special Olympics Ohio.

Officers will be stationed at the 1931 S. Limestone St. Dunkin’ Donuts in Springfield from 5 a.m. until noon on Friday collecting money for the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) to benefit Special Olympics Ohio.

“This event is an opportunity to raise money and to bring awareness of what LETR is and how this benefits the Special Olympics Athletes in our community and around the world,” said Sandra Fent, a detective with the Springfield Police Division and Ohio LETR South Coordinator.

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This is the third year that the Springfield police will take part in the event. Fent said due to logistics, police will not be on the roof of Dunkin’ Donuts, however officers and the Springfield Police Division SWAT team will be outside collecting donations.

“We will have the SWAT vehicle at the site for people to look at and climb in,” Fent said. “We will be there from 5 a.m. to noon, rain or shine!”

Each customer who visits and makes a donation to the Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run will receive a free classic donut coupon.

Guests who donate at least $10 will receive an Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run travel mug (while supplies last) and a coupon for a free medium hot coffee.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Ohio is a partnership between the Special Olympics and law enforcement agencies throughout the state. Over the course of a week in late June, officers join together to bike, run and walk through Ohio, carrying the Flame of Hope to Columbus to ignite the ceremonial cauldron and officially begin the Special Olympics Ohio State Summer Games.

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“Dunkin’ is thrilled that the Cop on a Rooftop program has expanded into the state of Ohio,” said Kelly Vaughn, Dunkin’ Integrated Marketing Manager. “We are hopeful that Ohioans will join us on Friday and show their support of Special Olympics Ohio - an incredibly important and worthy organization.”

In support of the Special Olympics athletes and law enforcement personnel, Dunkin’ Donuts will donate $250. In addition, the donut chain will see “The Champion,” a red-and-white colored donuts depicting Special Olympics colors, that will be available across the state of Ohio.

Four other states - Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Missouri - will also participate in the Cop on a Rooftop event to raise money for their respective Special Olympic chapters.

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