EAU CLAIRE, Wis (WEAU) -- Raising awareness at new heights, that's the idea behind a Special Olympics fundraiser this morning.
Dunkin' Donuts and area law enforcement joined forces to raise money for the law enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Wisconsin.
Eau Claire County Sheriff Ron Cramer says, "They just opened a brand new store and we thought cops, coffee and donuts they kind of blend pretty well, so this is a good fundraiser for us to be a part of."
Karen Kraus with Special Olympics says this is the fundraisers first year in Eau Claire. She says, "Dunkin’ Donuts is brand new in our community, but for the last few years they've been doing this fundraiser all across the state, and they've put a cop on a rooftop!”
Cramer says he’s happy to have participated in the Torch Run in the past. Cramer says, “I know that the tally was over $2 million raised here in Wisconsin, as a result of law enforcement, running, biking rollerblading for the Torch Run.”
Kraus says the money raised today will stay in the Eau Claire area, and help our neighbors. “Any money that we raise locally, stays locally. The athletes that are here at Dunkin’ Donuts benefit from these donations as well as about 1,000 others that are here locally.”
Money that helps Special Olympic athletes, like Doug McClure, do what he loves. “Bowling, swimming, softball!” says McClure.
Cramer says giving athletes the opportunity to participate in Special Olympics is made easier by a giving community.
He says, “Sometimes fundraising is very, very difficult, but we found in this community when we get out, our community really steps up to help us out. That's what we're really proud of. This morning watching people dropping donations in the donation bucket, this community is really good about that.”
In return for the officers participation, Dunkin' Donuts will donate $5,000 to the organization. Last year Wisconsin police officers raised more than $28,000 from atop 20 Dunkin' Donuts rooftops for Special Olympics.
Law enforcement officers throughout Wisconsin are climbing roofs Friday morning for Special Olympics Wisconsin.
For the third year running, Wisconsin police officers are scheduled to climb the roofs of 33 Dunkin' Donuts to raise funds for the Law Enforcement Torch Run.
Everyone who makes a donation to Special Olympics will receive a free medium hot or iced coffee coupon. Additionally, Dunkin' Donuts will donate $5,000 to Special Olympics.
Last year, Wisconsin officers raised more than $28,000 by climbing 20 Dunkin Donuts rooftops.