O’Fallon PD raises $14K for Special Olympics at lunch

By Nick Miller

Last Thursday was my favorite lunch of the year, and this year I didn’t even get to eat.

Each year, the O’Fallon Police Department, in conjunction with Texas Roadhouse, holds a free lunch fundraiser for the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. Everyone gets a free meal and are just asked for a small donation. 

There are multiple departments around the state that hold this event on the same day and they make it an unofficial contest to see who can raise the most money. Last year, O’Fallon PD was the winner by far, and they won again this year by raising an astounding $14,100.  They even ran out of food this year!

I always look forward to this event, as I love spending time meeting and talking with the athletes. Tony and Tony are event stalwarts and always keep the guests rolling with laughter, typically by giving Capt. Jim Cavins a few jabs. 

O’Fallon should be proud of the efforts of its police department who do such an outstanding job supporting such a worthy cause.