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Roundy's Foundation's second annual Cop on Top fundraiser - for which law enforcement personnel camped out on the roofs of all 30 metro Twin Cities' Rainbow Foods stores until friends, colleagues, and customers raised enough money for them to reach their fundraising goal -- netted $130,000 for Special Olympics Minnesota.
Throughout the 48-hourlong event, the officers collected donations from customers at the cash registers or online. A highlight of the annual event is the competition that ensues between officers who do everything they can to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics. At many stores, officers brought in the local fire engine to wow local crowds. In some cases, officers rode on motorcycles.
One of the most exciting events happened at the Rainbow in Woodbury, where much to shoppers' amazement, the Minnesota State Patrol landed its helicopter in the parking lot. Officers at the Woodbury Rainbow also provided fingerprinting for children.
The event is part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run's program, a grassroots campaign of law enforcement representatives worldwide, who for 26 years, have generated funds for and created awareness of Special Olympics programs in their areas.