by David Maas
MAPLE PARK—Maple Park Police Chief Mike Acosta on Tuesday presented six village residents with plaques to thank them for their dedication to various department-sponsored events.
“We would like to give a very special thanks to our Special Olympics fundraising organizers,” Acosta said. “Without their dedication to the department and Special Olympics, we would not have reached our goal.”
Acosta then presented plaques of thanks to Colleen and Jim MacRunnels, and George Malfatti. Not in attendance but also receiving plaques were Danna Kellett and John Threlkeld.
“According to the Illinois Special Olympics Torch Run News, we are the third highest current fundraiser,” Acosta said. “For something we have never done before, that is great news.”
The Maple Park Police Department raised over $20,000 for Special Olympics, behind only the Tinley Park Police Department and the Illinois State Police.
Also thanked was Officer Andy Rissman.
“Officer Rissman has been very dedicated to the department,” Acosta said. “And we’d like to thank him for all the hard work he put into making the Maple Park Bike Rodeo and Safety Program happen.
“We’re looking forward to next year already,” Acosta said. “We already have some plans to help us raise even more money for the Illinois Special Olympics, as well as more events for the village’s kids to enjoy.”