McHENRY – McHenry resident Megan Wolff was among the summer Special Olympics participants recognized Tuesday at a McHenry Dunkin' Donuts.
Wolff, a 20-year-old with a cognitive disorder, donned her medal for coming in third place in the standing long jump at the Special Olympics.
"This event is amazing," Wolff said.
Wolff was honored with a special plaque and a T-shirt featuring supportive statements from Dunkin’ Donuts staff.
“I’m so proud of her,” said Lisa Wolff, Megan’s mother. “Megan is loving, wonderful and the sweetest thing.”
Megan Wolff is a recent hire under the businesses' special needs program and has been working at the Dunkin’ Donuts at 4502 W. Elm St., McHenry, for three months.
Dunkin’ Donuts multi-unit manager Naimesh Upadhyaya said the program was created about three years ago to help find jobs for those with special needs.
“I’m very proud to say one of the participants of the program was employee of the year out of more than 400 employees in our network,” Upadhyaya said.
Upadhyaya said Megan Wolff has been doing a wonderful job since she started.
“She’s mingling with people, cleaning and helping out with the doughnuts and coffee,” Upadhyaya said. “So as she slowly builds up more confidence, we’ll teach her more stuff and take her to the next level so she’ll be more self-sufficient and confident."
Upadhyaya thanked the McHenry Police Department and everyone else who came out for the special event. Those in attendance included representatives from the city of McHenry, McHenry High School District 156 and the Pioneer Center for Human Services.
“Our police here are amazing,” said Sam Tenuto, co-CEO of the Pioneer Center. “I know they’re very busy, so seeing our officers supporting this means a lot. And I want to thank Dunkin’ Donuts for stepping up.”
Dunkin’ Donuts also recognized the police department for its efforts in raising money and awareness for the Special Olympics.
The department returned the favor by handing Upadhyaya a plaque for his support. The business was one of many local Dunkin' Donuts that hosted the Cop on a Rooftop fundraiser this year, which raises money for Special Olympics Illinois.
“Dunkin’ Donuts has been a true partner to the McHenry Police Department,” McHenry Police Cmdr. Thomas Walsh said. “They’ve always supported Cop on Top and us throughout the year, so we wanted to give them a little plaque to also recognize their efforts.”