Evanston police officers perched on top of the Dunkin Donuts roof, at 1900 Dempster between 6 a.m. and 12 p.m. on May 21 as part of a fundraising effort for the Special Olympics. The goal of “Cop on Top” is for police officers to secure contributions for every hour they are atop the roof. Patrons of Dunkin Donuts are also asked to make contributions.
Officer Grace Carmichael, who helped organize the event together with Officer Heidi Bernhardt, said, “This is an awesome cause. I love seeing the smiles on athletes’ faces.”
She said the contributions raised in the “Cop on Top” fundraiser will help pay the cost of athletes to attend the Special Olympics’ state meet which takes place over three days in mid-June.
Myra Gorman, inclusion coordinator for the City’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department, said 28 athletes from Evanston will be attending the State meet and compete in track and field and swimming events. They each won gold medals in regional competition, she said.
Ms. Gorman added that Special Olympics builds self-esteem for the athletes and helps them to be active. “It’s great for the whole family to watch their kids compete. It gives the kids a chance to shine. The kids have a fabulous time and so do we.”