By Jacob Mathias
Plover Police Officers took the sky for the third time Friday morning for their annual Cop on a Rooftop Fundraiser.
The fundraiser, held not only at the Plover Dunkin’ Donuts but at stores throughout the state from 6:00 AM to 11:00 AM, saw Plover Police Officer Jennifer Graham sit atop a scissor lift for five hours to raise awareness and money for Special Olympics Wisconsin.
“People come in, you’d be surprised. Two dollars and all of a sudden they come back and give you $3 more. They go inside and when they come back out they give you $10,” said Plover Police’s Community Service Officer Seth Pionke. ”
Pionke said this year’s fundraising goal is $2,000, hoping to exceed last year’s $1,500 and 2013’s $1,300. There are five Dunkin’ stores in the Central Wisconsin Area and Alyssa Matelski, regional director of development for Special Olympics Wisconsin, said the Plover store is the leading Central Wisconsin donor for Cop on a Rooftop. Dunkin’ Donuts is also donating an additional $5,000 to Special Olympics Wisconsin.
Each guest to the store who made a donation received a coupon for a free medium coffee.
“We’re excited that Dunkin’ Donuts is branching into North Central Wisconsin so we can start being involved,” said Matelski. “Only in the last three years has our region been able to participate because we finally have Dunkin’ Donuts.”
There are 43 Dunkin’ Donuts stores participating throughout Wisconsin.
“We are a franchise but we definitely are more of hometown store. We want to be people’s Dunkin…We believe in the community. A lot of us are from this area so it’s important to give back in whatever way we can,” said Plover Dunkin’ Donuts Manager Jamie Smith.
Pionke said Smith and Dunkin’ Donuts are always ready to donate to the Plover Police Department and community.
Since the Dunkin’ Donuts has a pitched roof and is unsafe for sitting, the scissor lift was brought in to solve the problem. Graham sat on the lift for five hours of her own time after working an overnight shift just prior.
Dunkin’ employees and managers subjected themselves to a dunk tank for any child who made a donation. Smith herself took the plunge.
An Elvis impersonator was also on-site in the morning to solicit donations.
For more information on Special Olympics Wisconsin, click here.