Last Friday, May 19th, I had the privilege of doing a live broadcast from Dunkin’ Donuts in the TA Travel Center. This event was to benefit Special Olympics of Illinois. Local Law Enforcement joined in the fun with their “Cop on the Rooftop” campaign to help raise money. Our boys in blue were on the rooftop with a bucket attached to a rope so folks making donations could toss their money into the bucket and the guys could pull the bucket up to the rooftop. The children who were making donations particularly enjoyed watching the bucket being pulled up to the roof. Lots of giggles going on over such a simple process.
Other Law Enforcement Officers manned the drive-thru and collected donations there. Lt, Kinkelaar from the Department of Corrections worked his charm on the customers in the drive who pulled in to purchase gas and those folks gladly made donations.
The ladies from the local committee of the Special Olympics of Illinois took care of the donation table and handed out the super nice gifts for donations given. They braved the cold, windy weather…and even the wild storm that came through…with smiles, good humor and grace. You’ll never find a nicer group of ladies anywhere.
And then there was Bradley. This young man made my day. Bradley is a participant in the Special Olympics…6 EVENTS FOLKS!! And he is one of the sweetest young guys I’ve ever had the honor to meet. I interviewed him during the broadcast and hands down, without a doubt, it’s the best interview I’ve ever done in my radio career. After meeting and talking to Bradley I made a promise to myself. I WILL be there to watch him participate in those 6 events in the Special Olympics this year. GO BRADLEY!!