Summertime Activities

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Torch Run

Multi-medal winning Special Olympian Jillian Angell and Detective Ryan Fitzgibbons, Coordinator of Chicago Heights Police Department Special Olympics of Illinois activities.

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The Special Olympics of Illinois got off to a running start on Wednesday, June 7th with the Law Enforcement Torch Run in Chicago Heights.

Dozens of law enforcement officials and athletes came out to run for the event that helps raise money for Special Olympics Illinois.

More than 1,000 people across Illinois carried the Flame of Hope while running, cycling, and rollerblading over 1,500 miles,through hundreds of communities before it was ultimately delivered to Bloomington-Normal for the Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics.

“It’s a great cause and something we can all  do to support residents and athletes. I just really enjoy doing it,” said volunteer Jasen Zurisk. “It’s just a small way for law enforcement, firefighters,and city employees to say we support these special athletes.”

Since beginning three decades ago the Law Enforcement Torch Run has since grown into the largest fundraising vehicle for Special Olympics Illinois, raising nearly $43 million over 31 years, while increasing awareness of Special Olympics Illinois athletes and their accomplishments. The Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run raised more than $4 million in 2016.

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Memorial Day 2017

Mayor David A. Gonzalez began his Memorial Day tribute with the following quote from President John F. Kennedy. “A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers.” The City of Chicago Heights Morning of Remembrance celebrated our country’s fallen heroes with a simple but moving ceremony recognizing the sacrifice of our men and women who died in service to our country. Mayor Gonzalez shared the stories of soldiers who lost their lives in battle, and in conclusion, called upon those gathered to share these stories, or stories of their own, throughout the year in remembrance of our fallen heroes as we gather at work, at home or in prayer.

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Special Thanks to "It's A Service Thing"

"It's a Service Thing" provided the beautiful floral arrangements for the Memorial Day ceremony. Evolved from the former Chicago Heights Junior Women's Club, the group focuses on servicing the south and southwest suburbs of Chicago, as well as Northwest Indiana. The group looks to partner with organizations in need of volunteers, donations or a combination of both. Their generosity and giving spirit helped to make the Morning of Remembrance a beautiful and moving event. 

For more information on the group, visit their Facebook page by clicking the link below.

It's a Service Thing Facebook

Cinco de Mayo 2017