LETR Kickoff Registration

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LETR_Mark_Illinois_ColorThe 2019 LETR Kickoff hosted on February 1st, 2019 promises to be the best to date, providing a more interactive and exciting experience to all attendees.  A variety of sessions will be offered, covering topics from fundraising best practices, athlete engagement, working with individuals with disabilities, social media engagement, and much more!  This is also a unique opportunity to network with Torch Run officers throughout the state!  All law enforcement personnel are invited to attend. There is no registration fee and lunch will be provided.

Win a HD Smart TV!

Attend the Kickoff and be entered into a drawing for a HD Smart TV! Winner will be selected at the end of the conference and must be present to win

2019 LETR Kickoff Agenda

Registration       9- 10:00 a.m.

Flame of Hope & National Anthem       10:00 a.m.

Bloomington Police Department Honor Guard

Katie Ivers, Special Olympics Il athlete & Ilona Ivers

Welcome and Introductions

Pat Hoey, Police Chief, South Beloit Police Department

Steve Freeman, Special Olympics Illinois Global Messenger

50th Anniversary Recap

Dave Breen, Special Olympics Illinois President & CEO

Keynote Speaker, Lisa Madigan

Attorney General Lisa Madigan is a long-time supporter and champion of the Special Olympics movement. Her involvement and dedication to the athletes has been tremendous. Not only has she participated in numerous events, directly supporting the athletes, including Law Enforcement Torch Run, Summer Games, Dunkin Donuts Cop on a Rooftop, the Inspire Greatness Gala, and most recently, the Commemorative Torch Run at the 50th Anniversary Celebration in Chicago, she has also played a pivotal role in improving the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities throughout her 16 year tenure as Attorney General.

LETR Best Practices, Resources, and Important Dates

Jim Fitzpatrick, Sr. Director of Development- Law Enforcement Torch Run

Law Enforcement Testimonial

Matt Gabrielson, Kane County Sheriff’s Office

World Games and Final Leg Runners

World Games 2019- Abu Dhabi; introduction of Illinois delegation and Diane Vanderkooy, Final Leg Runner

Lunch   11:30a.m.- 12: 15 p.m.

Special Olympics Illinois Global Messenger Speech

Jose Moreno, newly appointed Special Olympics Athlete Liaison to the state LETR committee

Social Media Update

Mike Raymond, Troy Police Department & member of International Digital Advisory Committee & Mac Dougan, Manager of Development- Law Enforcement Torch Run

IACP Incoming President

This fall, Steve Casstevens, Chief of Buffalo Grove Police Department, will be installed as the International Association of Chiefs of Police.  Chief Casstevens is a longtime, key supporter in the Torch Run movement.  The IACP is the world’s largest and most influential professional association of police leaders.

Autism Training

Julie Alderman is an autism trainer and consultant, who has spent her career working with individuals with disabilities.  She is currently contracted with the Illinois Law Enforcement training and standards board to provide training to Crisis Intervention Teams throughout the state.

New LETR Vendor- Will Enterprises

Kevin Ulrich, Sales Manager- Will Enterprises & Mac Dougan, Manager of Development- Law Enforcement Torch Run

LETR Fundraising Awards & Farewell  

Top fundraising departments will be awarded

In addition, vendors included at the LETR Kick Off Conference are: 

Special Olympics Illinois souvenirs

Special Olympics Illinois Region staff and local program resources

Harley Davidson Bike

UTV Vehicle

Representatives from the Illinois Police Association

Hospitality Suite

We will be hosting a hospitality suite in the Brickkyard 6 conference room at the Doubletree Hotel & Conference Center on Thursday, January 31st. This event is scheduled from 8 p.m. – midnight, so if you’re in town, please stop by!

Rooms

65 rooms have been reserved for Thursday, Jan. 31st, at a special rate of $109 (plus tax). Reservations can be made by calling the Doubletree Hotel & Conference Center at 309-664-6446 and asking for a room in the Torch Run block. Rooms must be reserved by Jan. 10, 2019. 

LETR Kickoff Registration

  • Attendee Information

  • To register or order merchandise offline please complete your order in the LETR Webstore. (LINK) Merchandise orders placed after Wednesday, January 10 will not be completed in full at the Kickoff and would be mailed at a later date. Please Note: You may still register for the conference after the above date (Jan. 10).
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Law Enforcement Torch Run Merchandise Order Form

Departments are encouraged to order Torch Run merchandise to sell as part of their 2019 fundraising efforts. No cash is required up front when ordering merchandise. Special Olympics Illinois requires a minimum donation of $20 per T-shirt, $15 per hat and $5 per pin. 

While there is no cost to your department when ordering merchandise there is a cost to our LETR program. Due to this, merchandise distribution will be tracked to help us avoid an excess inventory at the end of the year. If needed, departments may order additional merchandise throughout the year.

This year, LETR is unveiling the new and improved way of securing merchandise through a new partnership with Will Enterprises. To secure the merchandise you would like to sell throughout the year, please visit the link below!

2019 LETR Merchandise

  • TO GUARANTEE THAT YOUR ORDER WILL BE AVAILABLE IN FULL AT THE KICKOFF, PLEASE SUBMIT THIS FORM ONLINE BY WEDNESDAY, JAN. 10. ORDERS PLACE AFTER THIS DATE MAY NOT BE COMPLETED IN FULL AT THE KICKOFF AND WOULD BE MAILED AT A LATER DATE. 
    PLEASE NOTE: YOU MAY STILL REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE AFTER THE ABOVE DATE( JAN. 10)