Winston-Salem, N.C., /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. (NYSE: KKD) and local law enforcement officers have united again for the annual Cops on Doughnut Shops(R) program to benefit Special Olympics. This nationwide fundraising program will begin at 6:00 a.m. on Friday, May 1, and end at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 3. Police officers will sit on the roofs of local Krispy Kreme stores throughout the U.S. to raise funds for the Law Enforcement Torch Run(R) and increase awareness of the Special Olympics movement.
"Cops on Doughnut Shops is a great way to inform the public that law enforcement can get beyond the stereotyping to do the right thing by raising money and awareness for Special Olympics," said Cpl. Larry Timmer of the Tampa Police Department. "Most are reluctant to get involved with this type of fundraiser. However, once they get on the roof it is hard to get them down because of the cause."
Police officers will collect donations from customers and the general public as they eat, sleep, and play on the rooftops of Krispy Kreme stores. More than 30 Krispy Kreme stores in cities across the country will host Cops on Doughnut Shops events, during the kickoff weekend (May 1-3) and throughout the rest of the year, to encourage their local community to help further opportunities for Special Olympics athletes. Last year, Cops on Doughnut Shops events raised more than $197,000 throughout the country.
"Cops on Doughnut Shops is a positive fundraising event for local communities, and Krispy Kreme is proud to play a part," said Kenneth Dykes, General Manager of the Krispy Kreme in Winston-Salem, N.C. "This program has been very successful over the last several years, and we are thrilled to offer the Cops on Doughnut Shops program on a national scale again this year."
"We are so grateful to the men and women of law enforcement who go above and beyond serving their communities by making time to support Special Olympics throughout the year," says Bob Gobrecht, Managing Director for Special Olympics North America. "The funds raised through programs like Cops on Doughnut Shops help our athletes continue to participate in sports and become champions of respect, acceptance and inclusion."
Celebrating its 28th anniversary in 2009, the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics is the movement's largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness campaign. There are a variety of events supporting Special Olympics including Torch Runs, Polar Plunge(R) events, and the World's Largest Truck Convoy(R). Since its inception in 1981, the Torch Run has raised more than $270 million for Special Olympics athletes.
Special Olympics is an international organization that changes lives by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect worldwide. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown from a few hundred athletes to nearly 3 million athletes in over 180 countries in all regions of the world providing year round sports training, athletic competition and other related programs. Special Olympics now takes place everyday changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities in places like China and from regions like the Middle East to the community playgrounds and ball fields in every small neighborhood's backyard. Special Olympics provides people with intellectual disabilities continuing opportunities to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship.
Krispy Kreme is an international retailer of premium-quality sweet treats, including its signature hot Original Glazed(R) doughnut. Headquartered in Winston-Salem, N.C., the company has offered the highest-quality doughnuts and great-tasting coffee since it was founded in 1937. Krispy Kreme is proud of its Fundraising program, which for decades has helped non-profit organizations raise millions of dollars in needed funds.
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