Go To Search
HomePrintEmail
Click to Home

General Press Releases

Posted on: May 15, 2017

Local Special Olympics Athlete And Westmont Police Featured In Cop On A Rooftop Ad Campaign

Cop On A Rooftop Special Olympics Fundraiser
Village of Westmont
Date Issued: May 15, 2017

“A few weeks ago, we received an email from our Global Messenger contact and learned that Erin was selected to be the face of the Cop on a Rooftop fundraiser,” said Diane Compton, who is the mother of Erin Compton, a Special Olympics athlete. “We were very excited.  The Global Messenger program has meant so much to her.”

Erin and Westmont Police Department Deputy Chief Brian Gruen are the “stars” of the ad campaign for the annual Special Olympics fundraiser Cop On A Rooftop, hosted by Dunkin’ Donuts.  Erin and Deputy Chief Gruen are featured in posters, videos, and even a billboard campaign to promote the event.  The Cop On A Rooftop fundraiser will take place at participating Dunkin’ Donuts on Friday, May 19, 5:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

For Erin and other athletes with special needs, being part of Special Olympics is much more than having an opportunity to compete and have fun.  “Special Olympics makes me love being me,” said Erin.  “I love the rhythmic gymnastics routines and riding horses. Being a Global Messenger is awesome!”  The Special Olympics Global Messenger Program allows athletes with special needs the opportunity to provide outreach and encourage advocacy for people with intellectual disabilities.

As a Special Olympics Illinois Global Messenger, Erin was asked to meet with Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner to invite him to support Special Olympics.  Governor Rauner enthusiastically responded “yes” to Erin’s question “Will you be on our team?”

Following is the link to Erin’s meeting with Governor Rauner:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=xuM4C8jq7b0

To become a Special Olympics Global Messenger, Erin attended a 2-day public speaking course.  Since that time, Erin has given numerous speeches at various events regarding the importance of advocacy for people with special needs.

Diane recalls a time of great fear and uncertainty when Erin was first born.  “Erin had a lot of medical issues,” shared Diane.  “For the first two years, really.”  And then a friend from the community and an active member of the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run introduced the Compton’s to the idea of joining Special Olympics.

“We saw Dawn and let her know of Erin’s situation and her response was surprising,” revealed Diane talking about Westmont resident and community Law Enforcement Torch Run volunteer Dawn King.  “Dawn said, ‘Great!  She can be in Special Olympics!’”  Diane continued, “At that time, the only thing we could focus on was Erin’s health concerns, which were overwhelming.  But everytime we saw Dawn, she kept pushing us to join Special Olympics.  Eventually, we started our own local team and it’s been a life-changing experience.  It was Dawn’s prodding that gave me the encourage to make it happen.”

The Westmont Police Department has supported Special Olympics Illinois for many years, but this year, they’ve really stepped it up.  “Chief Gunther and the FOP have set some ambitious goals for 2017,” said Deputy Chief Gruen. “We’re hoping to raise $15,000 this year, which is more than triple any previous year.”

The Westmont Police Department has already completed several fundraising events and are working on more.  In April, the Westmont Fraternal Order of Police coordinated a volleyball tournament with local schools and the Westmont Fire Department, which raised $2600.  They’ve also hosted fundraising nights with local restaurants including Chipotle and Potbelly.  And they are currently working the “5-0 Whiskers Club” in which Westmont Police Officers will grow beards and solicit sponsors to raise money.

“If we raise $15,000, then we get Westmont’s name on the back of next year’s Torch Run t-shirt,” admitted Westmont Chief of Police Jim Gunther.  “The department is very excited about this and it’s fun for us while we’re raising money for a great cause.”

The Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run is a State-wide effort to raise money for Special Olympics.  One of their events is the actual Torch Run in which the Special Olympics Torch is carried by law enforcement personnel across the State of Illinois.  The Torch Run will come through Westmont on Sunday, June 4.  Details and times will be announced soon.

“These events bring awareness to the Special Olympic athletes,” said Diane.  “It brings so many different groups together for one great cause.  Special Olympics means a lot to us. It’s been more than an event - it’s changed our lives!”


###

Contact: Larry McIntyre
Village of Westmont Communications Director
Public Information Officer
630-630-417-0280, lmcintyre@westmont.il.gov
Facebook Twitter Google Plus Email

Other News in General Press Releases

Fire at 7 W. Quincy

Posted on: December 7, 2018

2018 Holly Days Parade Video

Posted on: December 7, 2018

2018 Holly Days Parade & Santa Pictures

Posted on: November 26, 2018

Christmas Tree Composting

Posted on: November 19, 2018

November is Winter Preparedness Month

Posted on: November 11, 2018

Holiday Light Recycling Program

Posted on: October 21, 2018
hollydays-logo-2018_whitebkg.jpg

2018 Westmont Holly Days Schedule

Posted on: November 8, 2018
download (1).jpeg

Cooking Oil Recycling Event Nov. 24

Posted on: November 20, 2018

Village Offices Closed for Thanksgiving

Posted on: November 14, 2018

Free Leaf Collection In November

Posted on: September 7, 2018

2018 Halloween Safety Tips

Posted on: October 1, 2018

Vote For Your Favorite Scarecrow

Posted on: October 15, 2018

Early Voting and Grace Period Voting

Posted on: October 15, 2018

Village Offices Closed Columbus Day

Posted on: September 28, 2018

Westmont Downtown Alley Project This Fall

Posted on: September 28, 2018

DuPage County Offers LIHEAP Assistance

Posted on: September 25, 2018

CPR Class Offered Oct. 23

Posted on: September 12, 2018

Bowl-Away-Burns Fundraiser Sept. 29

Posted on: August 30, 2018

National Drug Take Back Day Oct. 27

Posted on: September 5, 2018
PD Drop box 1 - Untitled Page.jpeg

Westmont Police Drop Box Now Available

Posted on: September 4, 2018
MONARCH.jpg

Westmont Plants Monarch Waystation

Posted on: August 30, 2018

People Struck By Lightning on Golf Course

Posted on: September 4, 2018

Village Offices Closed Labor Day

Posted on: August 27, 2018
Summer in Westmont

7 Cool Tips for a Hot Summer

Posted on: July 12, 2018

Mosquito Spraying Schedule

Posted on: July 2, 2018

Fire at 515 N. Cass in Westmont

Posted on: July 4, 2018

Village Offices Closed July 4

Posted on: June 11, 2018

New Water Rates Approved

Posted on: March 20, 2018

Outdoor Fire Safety Reminders

Posted on: May 9, 2018

House Fire in Westmont

Posted on: May 8, 2018

New Library Hours Start May 1

Posted on: April 30, 2018

Westmont Seed Library Opens April 22

Posted on: April 19, 2018

2018-2019 Water and Garbage Rates

Posted on: April 26, 2018

Tree Watering Tips

Posted on: April 19, 2018
rainbarrel.png

2018 Westmont Rain Barrel Program

Posted on: April 4, 2018
Chief Weiss CFO Recognition

Chief Weiss Earns CFO Designation

Posted on: April 12, 2018

Kidde Smoke Detector Recall

Posted on: March 29, 2018

Be Alert for Utility Scams

Posted on: March 9, 2018
Vote Graphic

2018 Elections

Posted on: December 27, 2017

Living With Wildlife

Posted on: February 23, 2018

Westmont Restaurant Week 2018

Posted on: January 30, 2018

Residential Electronics Recycling

Posted on: February 13, 2018
Fire Dept Retirement Presentation

Fire Department Awards and Promotion

Posted on: February 15, 2018

Frozen Film Festival February 17

Posted on: February 2, 2018

Westmont Citizen of the Year Nominations

Posted on: December 26, 2017
Lynn Dralle Promotion

Fire Department Promotions

Posted on: February 2, 2018

2018 Recycling & Garbage Schedule

Posted on: January 17, 2018

Police Department Services

Posted on: January 22, 2018
Life Saving Awards

Life Saving Awards

Posted on: January 19, 2018

2017 Public Works Projects & Highlights

Posted on: January 10, 2018

Winter Weather Preparedness

Posted on: December 29, 2017
Westmont Heritage Tree Ordinance

Westmont Heritage Tree Ordinance

Posted on: December 22, 2017

Village of Westmont Service Awards

Posted on: December 20, 2017

Village Offices Closed Nov. 23 & 24

Posted on: November 17, 2017

2017 Halloween Events & Safety

Posted on: October 24, 2017

Wicked West Fest - Fall Events Schedule

Posted on: September 21, 2017

Westmont Historical Essay Contest

Posted on: September 21, 2017

Fire Dept. Open House Oct. 7

Posted on: September 1, 2017

Mosquito Hotline Sign-Up

Posted on: August 31, 2017

Westmont Park Named After Diane Main

Posted on: July 19, 2017
4th of July Fireworks

4th of July Photo Album

Posted on: July 5, 2017

Westmont-Area Cooling Centers

Posted on: June 9, 2017

2017 Westmont Rain Barrel Program

Posted on: May 10, 2017

2017 Adopt-A-Hydrant Program

Posted on: March 22, 2017

Blue Ribbon Project

Posted on: May 23, 2017

Westmont Cop On Top May 19

Posted on: March 22, 2017

GREEN Speaker Series Big Success

Posted on: April 17, 2017

2017 Spring Citizens Fire Academy Sign-Up

Posted on: February 22, 2017

Four Residents Rescued In Apartment Fire

Posted on: February 21, 2017

2017 Westmont Commuter Permit Parking

Posted on: December 14, 2016

Fire Safety Tips for the Holiday Season

Posted on: December 5, 2016

Coat Drive Starts Dec. 1

Posted on: December 1, 2016

Free Yard Waste Collection In November

Posted on: September 12, 2016

Westmont 95th Anniversary Essay Contest

Posted on: September 21, 2016

Mosquito Spraying Update

Posted on: August 17, 2016

West Nile Lab Testing

Posted on: August 15, 2016
ribboncutting.jpg

Blue Ribbon Cutting

Posted on: August 15, 2016
Barrel_pics_2014_070_uid9212013910191.jpg

2016 Westmont Rain Barrel Program

Posted on: August 12, 2016

Westmont Cooling Centers

Posted on: July 25, 2016
Sgt. Radtke Swearing In Ceremony

Radtke Promoted To Sergeant

Posted on: July 18, 2016

Adopt-A-Hydrant Program Returns

Posted on: June 28, 2016
Spencer Parker and Trustee Marie Johanik-Guzzo

Finance Department Earns GFOA Award

Posted on: March 18, 2016
Susan Friend of SEASPAR and Mayor Gunter

SEASPAR Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Posted on: March 17, 2016

Village Approves Strategic Plan

Posted on: January 16, 2016

Taiwanese Police Officials Visit Westmont

Posted on: November 16, 2015

2015 Halloween Events & Safety

Posted on: October 6, 2015

Stormwater Management Program Updates

Posted on: September 16, 2015
Retirees

Village Honors Retirees

Posted on: September 9, 2015

Village Earns Perfect IMAP Safety Score

Posted on: September 9, 2015

Back To School Safety Tips

Posted on: August 24, 2015
Kids Safety Camp

Kids Safety Camp Has A Great Summer

Posted on: August 14, 2015

Village Discusses Video Gaming Code

Posted on: August 6, 2015

Teen Camp Olympics Comes To Westmont

Posted on: July 27, 2015

Mosquito Spraying Update

Posted on: July 21, 2015

Annual Community Awards Dinner

Posted on: March 26, 2015

Community Coat Drive Has Record Year

Posted on: January 22, 2015

Building Permits & Inspections

Posted on: January 5, 2015

New Years Eve Safety Tips

Posted on: December 30, 2014