Local law enforcement hosted the 4th annual “Cop on Top” fundraiser to benefit Special Olympics Massachusetts.
For 12 hours, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, law enforcement officers from all over Hampden County stood on the roof of the Chicopee Walmart to raise awareness and funds to support Special Olympics athletes.
Chicopee Police Officer Michael Wilk told 22News, “This is huge for us. We love partnering with the Special Olympics. They appreciate it so much and it brings a lot of happiness to us as well.”
Monson Police Officer Tyler Wilk told 22News, “It’s a great cause to have officers from all around the area and the Sheriff’s Department here to support and raise money for the Special Olympics. It’s a great program they have and anything we could do as officers to give back to the community, you know, we’re glad to do it.”
This year’s fundraiser marks the 4th Annual “Cop on Top” put together by the Chicopee Police Department and the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department Torch Run program.
For the last three years, “Cop on Top” has consistently raised $6,000 during the event. This year, they hope to raise as much as $10,000 in donations.
For a $20 donation, officers threw teddy bears off the roof of Walmart to donors below.
Hampshire Heat Athlete Derek McCray told 22News, “It’s very nice ’cause a lot of the money stays local; it comes right back to our program. Like, in the past four years we’ve gotten new uniforms, better equipment, and it helps our organization a lot.”
Altogether, the fundraiser has raised $25,000, not including this year’s donations.