FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 28, 2012

Contact:  Sgt. Kirk E. Perez, 410-977-5772          

COPS TAKE TO THE ROOFTOPS IN SUPPORT OF SPECIAL OLYMPICS MARYLAND

BALTIMORE  During the weekend of Sept. 29 - 30, MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police Officers will take to the rooftops of the Aberdeen and Reisterstown Dunkin Donuts and collect donations for Special Olympics Maryland (SOMD) during the national Cops on Rooftops fundraising campaign.

MDTA Police will be represented by good-natured officers Maj. Danielle Bradshaw-Lee and Capt. Joseph Alton, who have volunteered to spend 30 hours on the roofs of Dunkin Donuts locations at 993 Beards Hill Road in Aberdeen and 48 Main Street in Reisterstown.

Cops and donuts have a long, humorous history together, so it is only fitting that we team up with the great folks at Dunkin Donuts for this light-hearted event, said Maj. Bradshaw-Lee.  This event allows us to do something great for an incredible organization and poke a little fun at ourselves at the same time.  What could be better than that?

Last year, the event was held at seven locations and raised $30,000 Special Olympics Maryland.  The event was founded in 2009 by Illinois law-enforcement officers, who took to the rooftops of 94 Dunkin Donuts locations and raised more than $182,000.

SOMD is a year-round sports organization dedicated to providing quality sports training and competition opportunities to Marylands children and adults with intellectual disabilities and/or closely related development disabilities.  SOMD currently serves 10,000 athletes statewide, and offers 28 sports, all at no cost to the athletes or their families.  For more information about SOMD visit www.somd.org or call 410-242-1515.