Local Law Enforcement Raises $53,000 for Special OlympicsCommunity Submission
04:42PM / Thursday, December 29, 2011
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — More than 65 law enforcement officers spent two days atop Berkshire Crossing earlier this month to raise some $53,000 for Special Olympics Massachusetts.
North Adams Police posted photos of their participation in the event on their Facebook page. See more here.
They took turns camping out Friday, Dec. 2, and Saturday, Dec. 3, on top of the Walmart in Pittsfield for the second annual "Cop-On-Top," a Law Enforcement Torch Run program fundraiser.
The event featured music, food, raffles, and plenty of holiday generosity. It was televised on Pittsfield Community Television and broadcast live on WTBR 89.7FM (Taconic High School's radio station led by Larry Kratka).
Officers from Pittsfield, North Adams, Clarksburg, Hinsdale, Cheshire, state police, Boston College and the Berkshire County sheriff's office volunteered their time for the event.
They were assisted by family members, spouses and Civitan, an international service organization in which each club supports local needs. Several local businesses contributed goods, services or funds to the event.
Special Olympics Massachusetts provides year-round sports training, athletic competition and other related programming for nearly 12,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities. SOMA offers more than 130-year-round sporting competitions.
Through the power of sport, the movement helps to transform the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. It also helps unite by fostering a sense of community and building a civil society. For more information, visit www.SpecialOlympicsMA.org