The annual Cop on Top fundraiser returned to Pittsfield on Friday.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The fourth annual Cop on Top returned to Walmart on Friday with the goal of raising more than $55,000 for the Special Olympics.
Police officers will camp out on the roof of Walmart on Hubbard Avenue through Saturday while others in the parking lot are collecting donations and running other fundraising activities.
Led by the Law Enforcement Torch Run Program, the police are looking to beat last year's fundraising total of $55,034.
For the third year, WTBR, Taconic High School's radio station, will be live broadcasting throughout the two days.
The 36-hour event will raise funds for year-round programming for local Special Olympics. More than 3,000 Special Olympic athletes will be training and competing during the winter season.
Dozens of officers will take turns spending time on the roof; some 75 participated last year in what is thought to the biggest Cop on Top event in the state.
The officers have a tent and supplies on the roof but it could be a rough night with a forecast of 4 to 8 inches of sleet and snow expected overnight and into Saturday morning. So if you're at Berkshire Crossings, toss them some donations (to keep them up or bring them down) for braving the elements for a good cause. Donations can also be made online here.
A number of local restaurants are also offering donate a percentage of their receipts to the cause: Arizona Pizza, Hot Harry's, Zucco's and Applebee's. Find more information about that here.