The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the largest fund-raising event benefiting Special Olympics Illinois.
Law enforcement will be staffing tables in front of local Shop ’n Save locations Thursday, July 31, through Saturday, Aug. 2, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Illinois.
Officers will be selling 2014 Torch Run T-shirts, lapel pins and Harley-Davidson Raffle tickets as well as accepting donations. All proceeds from this weekend’s events will benefit the 21,500 Special Olympics athletes participating throughout Illinois.
Shop ’n Save has been a sponsor and supporter of Special Olympics Illinois and the Law Enforcement Torch Run for about 13 years. The company and its employees have raised nearly $830,000 to support Special Olympics Illinois athletes and programs. Their annual partnership with the Law Enforcement Torch Run includes three in-store promotions including the LETR T-shirt Days in August, LETR Cop on Top held in October and their Round Up for Special Olympics promotion over the holiday season.
In addition to their fund-raising efforts, Shop ’n Save provides in-kind support for the events held in the Metro East, Springfield and Peoria areas. Donations include food for athletes during competitions, merchandise for use at local fund-raising events, and volunteer hours.
Fund-raisers like the Shop ’n Save T-shirt Days are part of the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) campaign in support of Special Olympics Illinois. The Illinois LETR is the single largest year-round fund-raising vehicle benefiting Special Olympics Illinois. This intrastate relay and its various fund-raisers have two goals: to raise money and to increase public awareness for the athletes of Special Olympics. Each year, more than 3,000 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.
For information about Special Olympics Illinois, call (800) 394-0562 or visit the website, www.soill.org.