JJC Police Department to Host Series of Fundraisers for Special Olympics in April and May

The Joliet Junior College Police Department will host its annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser for the Law Enforcement Torch Run benefiting Illinois Special Olympics on the Main Campus at 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet, Room A-1002, on April 29 from 3-7 p.m. Tickets are $7, and can be purchased in advance or at the door.  Visitors have the option to dine in or carry out.

The menu includes spaghetti with meat or marinara sauce, a bread roll, salad and a drink.

There will also be a spaghetti dinner at the Romeoville Campus, 1125 West Romeo Road (West 135th Street) in Romeoville, that same day from 3 to 6 p.m.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the single largest year-round fundraising movement benefitting Special Olympics Illinois. Illinois Law enforcement officers raised over $3.5 million last year to provide significant support to the mission of Special Olympics Illinois.

“Through Special Olympics, athletes with intellectual disabilities enhance their physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence and self-image,” said Officer Randy Graves. “The athletes carry these benefits into their daily lives at home, in school, on the job, and in the community. Families become stronger, volunteers derive satisfaction from working with the athletes and their families.

In 2014, the department raised $1,700 at the spaghetti dinner, and a total of $5,500 for Special Olympics through all fundraising efforts last year. For 2015, the department hopes to raise at least $6,000.

The JJCPD will also host two other fundraisers for the Torch Run later this spring:

–          “Heroes Helps” on Monday, May 4 at Heroes West Sports Grill, located at 1530 Commerce Lane in Joliet. For any patrons who dine in or carry out at Heroes that day and mention the JJC Police Department, Heroes will donate ten percent of their bill to the Special Olympics.

 –          “Cop on a Rooftop,” on Friday, May 29 from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Dunkin’ Donuts on Houbolt Road across from Main Campus. JJC police officers will be camped out on the roof of Dunkin’ Donuts that day to draw attention to the fundraiser. Those who make a donation will get a free donut. Kids who attend can be a part of the “Touch a Truck,” event in the Dunkin’ Donuts parking lot.

For advance ticket sales for the spaghetti dinner, or for more information about these Special Olympics fundraisers, contact any JJC police officer, or call 815-280-2234 or email rgraves@jjc.edu. For more information about the Romeoville Campus event, contact a CSO at that location.


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