Dunkin' Donuts guests in Western New York to receive free coffee or donut as a "thank you" for donation to Special Olympics New York
America's all-day, every-day stop for coffee and baked goods will team up with the Law Enforcement Torch Run to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics athletes with a rooftop sit-in at participating Dunkin' Donuts locations in Western New York.
On Friday, Oct. 5, Buffalo-area law enforcement officers will take to the roofs of several Dunkin' Donuts restaurants from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. for "Cops on Top" to benefit Special Olympics New York. Members of the community are invited to attend the sit-in to support the officers, visit with Special Olympics athletes and their families, and make donations to Special Olympics New York.
Dunkin' Donuts will offer guests a coupon for a free coffee or donut as a thank you when they make a monetary donation to the Special Olympics New York at participating restaurants, which include the following locations: 2225 Colvin Blvd., Tonawanda; 5073 Camp Road, Hamburg; and 598 Main St., Buffalo.
"Dunkin' Donuts is honored to host our local law enforcement officers to benefit Special Olympics New York through this year's 'Cops on Top 'event in Western New York," said Dunkin' Donuts Field Marketing Manager Alisa LaPlante. "I encourage members of the greater Buffalo community to join us as we raise funds to support Special Olympics New York and its mission to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with developmental disabilities."
Dunkin' Donuts will also offer guests additional thank you gifts in gratitude for donations, including an official Cops on Top T-shirt with a $25 donation; one pound of Dunkin' Donuts coffee with a $50 donation; and 2 pounds of Dunkin' Donuts coffee with a $100 donation.
"The joining of the Dunkin' Donuts restaurants in the Buffalo area with the law enforcement professionals who also serve the community is a great way to support the nearly 56,000 Special Olympics athletes throughout the state," said Special Olympics New York CEO Neal Johnson. "We're delighted that the wonderful folks from Dunkin' Donuts are supporting our athletes right here in their own communities."
Dunkin' Donuts is one of the leading baked goods and coffee chains in the world, selling 1.5 billion cups of hot and iced coffee and approximately 2.1 billion donuts and MUNCHKINS donut hole treats every year. Today, there are approximately 10,000 Dunkin' Donuts restaurants worldwide.
Special Olympics is an international organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect worldwide. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown from a few hundred athletes to more than 3.7 million athletes in more than 170 countries in all regions of the world, providing year-round sports training, athletic competition and other related programs. Special Olympics now take place every day, changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities all over the world, from community playgrounds and ball fields in every small neighborhood's backyard to World Games. Special Olympics provides people with intellectual disabilities continuing opportunities to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience joy and friendship. Visit Special Olympics at www.specialolympics.org. Engage on Twitter @specialolympics; fb.com/specialolympics;youtube.com/specialolympicshq, and specialolympicsblog.wordpress.com.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the largest grassroots fundraising and public awareness vehicle for Special Olympics in the world. In addition to carrying the "Flame of Hope" to their local and state Special Olympic games, law enforcement officials organize and conduct additional fundraising initiatives such as "Polar Plunges," merchandise sales and golf outings. In 2011, more than $38 million was raised internationally through LETR events. More than $1 million was raised last year for athletes through LETR fundraisers in New York.