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The torch was passed at the border parking lot.

The Evanston Police Department received the torch for the Special Olympics from the Wilmette Police Department at the Dominick’s Food Store at 2748 Green Bay Road.

Police officers were joined by about a dozen supporters of Special Olympics, many of whom had waited almost two hours for the torch. The group of runners, walkers and cyclists took the torch on a two-mile stretch through downtown Evanston.

The procession ended at the police department, 1454 Elmwood Ave. with a celebration lunch. Evanston Police Officers Heidi Bernhardt and Grace Carmichael organized the event.

On June 15, police officers from all over the state converged on Normal, Ill., for Opening Ceremonies of the Special Olympics Illinois State Summer Games. Officers from every leg of the Torch Run entered Illinois State University’s Hancock Stadium with torches lit and hand off the Flame of Hope to Special Olympics athletes. Nearly 4,000 athletes participated in three days of competition and celebration.

The Torch Run is the single largest year-round fundraising vehicle benefiting Special Olympics Illinois. The annual intrastate relay and its various fundraising projects have two goals: to raise money and to gain awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Illinois. Each year, officers in Illinois run more than 1,500 miles carrying the Flame of Hope through the streets of their hometowns and deliver it to the State Summer Games in Normal in June.