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Police Officers to Hit 174 Dunkin' Donuts Rooftops for Special Olympics Illinois, Friday, May 30

  (May 27, 2014)

CHICAGO, May 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- For the 12th year in a row, hundreds of law enforcement officers from throughout the state will stake out Dunkin' Donuts rooftops to benefit Special Olympics Illinois on Friday, May 30, beginning at 5 a.m.

Police officers are scheduled to cover 174 Dunkin' Donuts rooftops to raise awareness and donations for the Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics Illinois.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Chicago Bulls Broadcaster Chuck Swirsky, Special Olympics athletes, Chicago Blackhawks Ambassador and Hockey Hall of Famer Tony Esposito, Cooking Personality "Momma Cuisine" Johanna Cook, and Chicago Fire Goalie Kyle Reynish are among the special guests who will also rise to the occasion to show their support.

In honor of the Special Olympics athletes and police officers supporting the rooftop event, Dunkin' Donuts created a special glazed red and white donut ring depicting Special Olympics Illinois colors. The donut, called "The Champion," will be available at Dunkin' Donuts locations in Chicago and suburbs May 26 30.

Each guest who visits a Cop on a Rooftop location that day and makes a donation to the Torch Run will receive a free donut coupon. Guests donating at least $10 will receive a Law Enforcement Torch Run travel mug and a coupon for free medium coffee.

Dunkin' Donuts also is donating $15,000 to the Torch Run fund.

"More than $1.6 million has been raised from this event over the last 11 years and we're hoping to set new records this year," said Illinois Torch Run Director and Sherman Police Chief Eric Smith.

To meet their goal, police officers will have to top last year's total of $310,000.

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The Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run has raised more than $31 million over 28 years while increasing awareness of Special Olympics Illinois athletes and their accomplishments. Each year, more than 3,000 officers cover 1,500 miles carrying the Flame of Hope through the streets of their hometowns and to the State Summer Games in June.

About Dunkin' Donuts

Founded in 1950, Dunkin' Donuts is America's favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. The company has more than 11,000 restaurants in 33 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin' Donuts is part of the Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies.

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