MENAHSA (NBC 26) — You may have noticed a local police officer on the roof if you stopped at a Dunkin' Donuts shop on Friday morning. Officers all across the state were stationed taking donations for Special Olympics Wisconsin.
“Today is all about raising awareness and funds for Special Olympics Wisconsin,” said Daniel Wiechman, Fox Crossing community liaison officer.
For the 10th year in a row, the organization has put on its Cop on a Rooftop fundraiser. Though there were no police officers on the rooftop of the Menasha Dunkin’, they were still there excited to support the cause.
“We’re very excited to see plenty of officers here today and the very busy drive-through,” said Brytt Biesemeier, Special Olympics Wisconsin director of development.
Cop on a Rooftop has raised over $430,000 for the athletes in Special Olympics Wisconsin. It’s part of the biggest fundraiser that benefits the organization.
“Everyone likes to see police officers out in the community having fun and doing things and obviously what isn’t more fun here than police officers and donuts,” said Biesemeier.
A Neenah officer even donned a donut hat.
“You know any little bit of awareness I can raise and get people to support the cause, I think everyone just likes to have a goofy sense of humor from time to time,” said Joe Benoit, Neenah community liaison officer.
Any donation amount gave customers a coupon for a free donut, and a $10 donation came with a free coffee. The officers enjoyed getting to have fun in their community for a good cause.
“Just meeting the patrons, the kids that are coming in… just seeing their faces with the Dunkin' mascot back there and just having a good time with our community,” said Wiechman.
Cop on a Rooftop operates at over 40 Dunkin’ locations across the state and the number rises yearly.