DUNKIN’ DONUTS RESTAURANTS IN CENTRAL NEW YORK HELP RAISE RECORD $69,000 TO BENEFIT SPECIAL OLYMPICS NEW YORK

Cops on Top initiative has donated more than $245,000 to Special Olympics athletes since 2012

SYRACUSE, NY; August 9, 2017 Dunkin’ Donuts today announced that the annual “Cops on Top” initiative, which was held at more than 20 restaurant locations in Central New York on Friday, Aug. 4, raised nearly $69,000 for Special Olympics New York – marking a record for the annual event.

The nearly $69,000 donation, which was generated through community contributions, is the largest amount raised from the one-day event to date and will support Special Olympics New York programs for Central New York families. The initiative has raised more than $245,000 since its inception in 2012, allowing Special Olympics New York to give the gift of sport to 613 local athletes.

During the event, community members were invited to visit participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in Central New York to attend the sit-in to support the officers, visit with Special Olympics athletes and their families, and make donations to Special Olympics New York. Dunkin’ Donuts provided guests a coupon for a free doughnut as a thank you when guests made a monetary donation to the organization.

“Dunkin’ Donuts is honored to support the vital efforts and programs of Special Olympics New York to enhance the lives of both children and adults with developmental disabilities,” said Dunkin’ Donuts Field Marketing Manager Eric Stensland. “We’re thrilled to be able to partner with our network of generous guests to support this important organization.”

Special Olympics New York is a not-for-profit organization working to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-style sports for children and adults with developmental disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympic athletes and the community.

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About Dunkin’ Donuts

Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 11 years running. The company has more than 12,200 restaurants in 45 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.

About Special Olympics

Special Olympics is the largest amateur sports organization in the world.  With 67,192 athletes, Special Olympics New York is the largest chapter in North America and the 6th largest chapter in the world.  Special Olympics New York athletes train and compete year-round in Olympics Style sports– at no cost to the athlete, their families or their caregivers.  For more information, visit www.nyso.org

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