STAR JOURNAL REPORT
There was a lot going on at the Rhinelander Dunkin’ Donuts this morning, including a bounce house, a human donut waving to passersby, a donation bucket, prizes and of course patrons purchasing donuts and coffee. The activities on the ground were being watched from the vantage point of the rooftop by Rhinelander Police Officer Kyle Parish. The stake out was a way to heighten awareness and raise money for the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for Wisconsin Special Olympics.
Officer Amanda Young, who spent the early shift on the roof, said the community has been very responsive to the event. Dunkin’ Donuts donated the Bounce House and prizes for anyone who donated to the cause.
This is the fifth year Wisconsin Dunkin’ Donuts have participated in the Cop on a Rooftop fundraiser. In return for the officers “doing time” at the restaurants, Dunkin’ Donuts will donate $5,000 to the LETR.
Rhinelander High School Associate Principal Shane Dornfeld donned the donut costume and waved to motorists on Lincoln Street, beckoning them in.
Statewide, Cops on a Rooftop raised more than $46,000 for LETR. Local manager Brenda Luse said this year they hope to bring in more money than in 2015, which would mean collecting more than $185. Since 1986, the LETR has raised more than $30 million for Special Olympics Wisconsin athletes.