10th Annual Cop On Top Raises $37K For Special Olympics
The annual Cop on Top special Olympic fundraiser took place at Walmart in Pittsfield this past weekend. The Berkshire Eagle reports that Dozens of area police officers took turns atop the roof of Walmart to help raise thousands of dollars to pay for the training and competitions of Berkshire Special Olympic athletes.
Officers who drew the overnight shift had to deal colder temperatures going down into single-digit temperatures and making it's way all the way down to 2 degrees by 6 a.m. Sunday.
The 10th annual fundraiser brought in $37,000 over a 30-hour period. The charitable gathering kicked off at 9 a.m. Saturday and lasted through midafternoon on Sunday.
The 600 local athletes are among the 12,000 across the commonwealth involved in Special Olympics Massachusetts, providing year-round training, competition and other related programs for residents with intellectual disabilities.