For the second year in a row, Mankato Police have supported Special Olympics Minnesota, spending five hours Friday morning atop the roof at Dunkin’ Donuts on Madison Avenue.

Molly Egan with Special Olympics Minnesota explained, “Its just an event to help raise awareness for Special Olympics and then also a fundraiser as well to help support our athletes and the different programming that we have at Special Olympics.”

Egan said the money supports not just the state games, but many other programs that support the athletes. “Whether it’s Healthy Athletes – we have a lot of unified things going on right now,” she said, “Just programs we have to get sports where they’re playing together, where it’s an athlete with an intellectual disability and one without.”

There are nine Dunkin’ Donuts locations statewide that have partnered with police agencies in the fundraising effort, which Egan said last year raised, “About $8,000. This location raised $1,600 last year, so they are looking to help beat that and then across the state we’re looking to raise $12,000.”

With its own new Dunkin’ Donuts this year, the St. Peter Police Department also participated in the Friday fundraising effort.