Photo: Maple Park Police Chief Mike Acosta makes a new friend during the Special Olympics Kick-off event on Feb. 1. The Maple Park Police Department raised $40,078.81 for the Special Olympics—the fifth-highest total in Illinois—and received a Law Enforcement Torch Run Gold Award for the effort.
by Dave Woehrle
MAPLE PARK—Maple Park Police Chief Mike Acosta on Feb. 5 presented the Village Board with the Police Department’s Law Enforcement Torch Run Gold Award.
The MP Police Department received the award for raising $40,000 for Special Olympics of Illinois in 2012. The amount ranked fifth state-wide among 281 other police departments.
This was the Police Department’s third year of participation in Special Olympic fundraising.
“That’s a lot of effort on behalf of the police and the community at large. It’s good to know we’re a part of this,” Village President Kathy Curtis said.
Over 20 donations were given from local businesses located in Maple Park, Geneva, St. Charles, Elburn, Carol Stream and Aurora. Cabela’s and Monnett Prescision Grinding pitched in as co-sponsors for the Police Department’s skeet shooting event last May.
The winter games were held from Jan. 31 to Feb. 1, 2012. The 2012 Illinois games were held June 15-17 at Illinois State University in Normal, Ill.
Acosta is already looking forward to new fundraising efforts for 2013, with the hope of raising $50,000.
“It’s going to be a lot of hard work. We’ll be putting on the same events but trying to get more participants this time around,” he said. “What’s great about giving for this cause is knowing the participants do not pay a dime to participate in any event or coaching. It’s a cause we’re proud of.”