Dunkin’ Cop on a Rooftop – Canceled

August 28, 2020 @ 5:00 am – 12:00 pm
Various Locations
Sandy Nash



For more than 17 years, Dunkin’ has been a proud supporter of the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run. Through this partnership, law enforcement personnel take to the rooftop of local Dunkin’ establishments to help raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Illinois. Together, an unmeasurable amount of awareness and more than $5 million has been raised for the athletes.

Unfortunately, due to economic hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Dunkin’ has made the difficult decision to postpone Cop on a Rooftop until 2021.

As you are aware, Cop on a Rooftop raised nearly $1 million last year for the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois. The financial impact caused by this and other event postponements is tremendous.  In an effort to continue to raise the funds needed to sustain our programs, we are asking our Law Enforcement Torch Run partners to please consider continuing their local fundraising support.  Events that adhere to the CDC guidelines and the governor’s 5 phase plan are approved by our insurance.

Below is a listing of potential fundraisers that can be implemented with social distancing. If you have other ideas or questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to our LETR Team.  Also, if you do host an event be sure to complete our event notification form by clicking here.


  • Host a Change for Champion Event
    • A collection or canning day to benefit the athletes. Officers will grab collection buckets and hit street corners, store fronts, restaurants or any other high traffic place to collect donations for SOILL.
  • Schedule a local Tip-A-Cop fundraiser
    • This event allows members of the law enforcement community to assume everyday restaurant tasks and responsibilities, including greeting/seating guests and waiting tables. The goal of the Tip-A-Cop program is to collect as many donations as possible for SOILL through “tips”.
  • Community BBQ/Food Sales
    • Enlist the support of groups such as Lion’s Club, Elks, VFW or church groups to sponsor a barbecue.  These groups not only have access to the necessary equipment but also have experienced volunteers. They can also refer you to vendors who supply product at a reduced cost and can help advertise the fundraiser through their own membership.
  • Sell 2020 LETR Merchandise and raffle tickets in your local community
    • LETR Merchandise sales are a great way to include large numbers of officers in an easy project.  Merchandise and raffle tickets can be sold to neighbors, family, friends or co-workers.  Additionally, merchandise can be sold at other Torch Run events, in sponsor retail outlets or at other locations in your community. (As of now, LETR Days at Schnucks are scheduled for August 14 – Sept 6. More details will be available in July 2020.) Click here to order LETR merchandise and/or raffle tickets.  You can also download this flier to utilize in your efforts.
  • Business Contributions
    • Direct contact with local businesses, on behalf of Special Olympics Illinois, has also been very effective. Click here for a sample solicitation letter. Donations to Special Olympics are tax-deductible and checks should be made payable to Special Olympics Illinois.  SO ILL does operate a separate telemarketing campaign that contacts business in the state. Our local SOILL staff also solicit support for their local fundraisers. If a business has already given to Special Olympics simply thank them for their contributions and make a note of it so you do not call them again.

Thank you again for your continued support of our athletes and mission. We will weather this storm together and come out the other side stronger!