Last-hour donation helps to put fundraiser over its goal

A last-hour donation from Delta Executive Security helped Special Olympics Maui exceed its goal of $10,000 for its Cop On Top fundraiser that concluded Saturday.

Before the donation Monday, an estimated $8,200 had been raised on Maui and more than $3,000 on Molokai in the annual fundraiser for Special Olympics.

The fundraiser had police officers on the rooftops of Walmart in Kahului and, for the first time, Rawlins Chevron in Kaunakakai from Thursday to Saturday evening while volunteers collected donations.

Five police officers on Maui and three on Molokai participated in the effort.

“The community has come out to support us every year, and the officers volunteer their time,” said Adrienne Laurion, Maui regional director for Special Olympics. “It’s nice to see the familiar faces coming back every year.”

Because the Special Olympics program on Molokai decided to try to hold its own fundraiser this year, all of the money raised at Walmart will go to Special Olympics programs on Maui, Laurion said.

On Maui, she said $8,253 in donations had been tallied at the end of the fundraiser with coin donations not yet counted.

On Monday, with the Maui effort short of its goal, police Sgt. Nick Krau called Delta Executive Security, which has been a regular contributor to the effort, to remind officials that the fundraiser was occurring, Laurion said. She said the company asked what the total was at that point and wrote a check for $1,800 so Special Olympics Maui would reach its goal.

Laurion said the company has been doing that for the past few years to help the effort.

Krau, who was the first Maui police officer to participate in the Cop On Top fundraiser 12 years ago, was among officers who participated again this year.

At Walmart, officer James Terry, who works as school resource officer at Maui High School, remained on the roof the entire time. He was joined at times by Krau and patrol officers Nichole Comilang, Gershom Slonim and Jonathan Honda as their work schedules permitted.

Donations can still be mailed to Special Olympics Maui; P.O. Box 1842; Kahului 96733. During regular business hours, donations may be dropped off with Terry Jones at the Wailuku Police Station.