Cops take to the roof for Special Olympics fundraiser

CRYSTAL LAKE – Kurt Majzner stood atop a Dunkin' Donuts roof overlooking Route 14 Friday morning and struck an unspoken – but noisy – deal with the drivers turning in.

Majzner, a Crystal Lake Police Department detective, had slapped a kilt over his uniform and was playing the bagpipes.

"They pay and I'll play," he said, and then, thinking about it, added a different scenario. "Or, they pay and I'll stop.

"Either way, it's supporting a good cause."

Majzner joined police all over McHenry County on Friday to raise money for Special Olympics Illinois during Cop on a Rooftop. The annual fundraiser raises money and awareness for the Law Enforcement Torch Run, the largest fundraiser Special Olympics Illinois puts on each year.

Dunkin' Donuts locations in Carpentersville, Cary, East Dundee, Fox Lake, Gilberts, Huntley, Island Lake, Lake in the Hills, McHenry and Woodstock joined the Crystal Lake location in raising money Friday.

Related: Drone video from the Island Lake Cop on a Rooftop event.

The fundraiser was scheduled from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Majzner joined a couple other Crystal Lake officers volunteering atop the roof to draw attention to the store, which crowded Friday morning. The drive-thru wrapped around the building and spilled onto Route 14 at times.

Officers expected to top their mark from last year, as pitch-perfect morning weather was forecast to climb into the high 70s as the day wore on.

"Sometimes it's cold. Sometimes it's rainy," said officer Sean McGrath, who has been volunteering for Cop on a Rooftop for seven years. "This is a good year."

Below, in the drive-thru line, volunteers Pam LaVoie and Daniel Garcia greeted customers and took donations. The two said they'd been successful much of the morning – no change from years past, LaVoie added.

"Everyone here is so generous," she said. "We've had great turnouts every year."

Loading more

Digital Access

Digital Access
Access nwherald.com from all your digital devices and receive breaking news and updates from around the area.

Home Delivery

Home Delivery
Local news, prep sports, Chicago sports, local and regional entertainment, business, home and lifestyle, food, classified and more! News you use every day! Daily, weekend and Sunday packages.

Text Alerts

Text Alerts
Stay connected to us wherever you are! Get breaking news updates along with other area information sent to you as a text message to your wireless device.

Email Newsletters

Email Newsletters
We'll deliver news & updates to your inbox. Plan your weekend and catch up on the news with our newsletters.