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Special Olympics torch passes through Highland

From left are Highland police officer Aric Steinbeck, HPD Lt. Chris Conrad, Special Olympians Holly Wrobbel and Kim Schmidt, HPD officers Chris Flake, David Brines and Chief Terry Bell.
From left are Highland police officer Aric Steinbeck, HPD Lt. Chris Conrad, Special Olympians Holly Wrobbel and Kim Schmidt, HPD officers Chris Flake, David Brines and Chief Terry Bell. Courtesy photo

The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics made its way through Highland on Thursday, June 11 en route to the state games in Normal.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the single largest year-round fundraising event benefiting Special Olympics Illinois. The annual intrastate relay and its various fundraising projects have two goals: to raise money and to gain awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Illinois.

Approximately 3,000 officers representing every branch of law enforcement across the state from local police officers to FBI agents will carried the Flame of Hope nearly 1,500 miles, running through thousands of Illinois communities via 23 different legs to its final destination.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run began in Illinois in 1986. That first Torch Run raised just $14,039.93, but the seed was planted for future growth. Nearly $28 million was been raised since while increasing awareness of Special Olympics Illinois athletes and their accomplishments.

For more information on Special Olympics Illinois, contact the Southwestern/Area 12 at 1318 Mercantile Drive in Highland at 654-6680.

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