Law Enforcement Torch Run® Statewide Civic Partners
The Law Enforcement Torch Run® is the single largest grassroots fundraising effort for Special Olympics International. Michigan's Torch Run program had a record breaking year in 2012, raising over $1,000,000 for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. The two main goals of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® are raise funds and to create awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan.
As Michigan's Special Olympics program continues to grow, more funding is needed to support the athletes and their families because there is no cost to participate. This is where the support of the law enforcement community becomes crucial. By getting more involved in Michigan's Torch Run program you can help raise funds and create awareness for our athletes.
There are many ways for you and your department to get involved. Officers from across the state host different agency fundraising events, assist in medal presentations at State Summer and Winter Games, sell merchandise and raffle tickets, participate in a Polar Plunge or a local Community Run.
"We appreciate our Law Enforcement Torch Run support immensely," said Lois Arnold, President and CEO of Special Olympics Michigan. "The money raised has an amazing and positive impact on the lives of our athletes and their families."
In 2014 we will be adding fundraising incentive levels of funds raised by LETR Volunteers. The first set of levels will have to do with funds raised by a LETR Volunteer through Agency Events, general donations, sponsorship dollars (in cash), shirt sales, ticket sales and other sale items. This does not apply for Polar Plunge revenue raised.
Incentive dates will be June 1st 2013 - May 31st 2014 to make sure to include a full calendar year of events. These will be the incentives dates followed every year.
2014 General Incentive Levels:
$1,000 raised - LETR Polo Shirt
$1,500 raised - LETR Duffle Bag
$2,500 raised - LETR Fleece Jacket
Also in 2014 we will be bringing back the levels for individuals to attend the International Conference. Law Enforcement Torch Run will cover the expense (hotel, registration or airfare) depending on the amount that you have raised. We will be putting the offer out there for International on June 1st. Funds can be raised through Agency Events, general donations, sponsorship dollars (in cash), shirt sales, ticket sales, bear sales and through the Polar Plunges (stipulations do apply - please see below).
The 2014 International Conference will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana on Sept 9th-13th.
2014 International Conference Incentive Levels:
$4,000 raised - Hotel Expense Covered (based on double occupancy)
$7,500 raised - Conference Registration and Hotel Expense Covered
$9,500 raised - Conference Registration, Flight and Hotel Expense Covered
Polar Plunge Stipulations:
There will be guidelines based on your involvement with a Polar Plunge when it comes to the International Incentive Levels. First, if you are a plunger, you will get that revenue credited towards your total. If you are coordinator of the Polar Plunge or have multiple coordinators, a percent of what is raised total will be credited to the site. We will then divide amongst the LETR Coordinators. Please see the example below.
$10,000 - $20,000 raised - 5% will be credited towards the LETR Volunteer involved.
So, if you raise $10,000 and have 3 Team Captains involved, you will each receive a $500 credit.
Polar Plunge Levels:
$10,000 - $20,000 5% will be credited towards the LETR Volunteer involved
$20,001 - $30,000 10% will be credited towards the LETR Volunteer involved
$30,001 - $40,000 15% will be credited towards the LETR Volunteer involved
$40,001 - $50,000 20% will be credited towards the LETR Volunteer involved
$50,001 - $100,000 25% will be credited towards the LETR Volunteer involved
$100,001+ 30% will be credited towards the LETR Volunteer involved
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