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Special Olympics Illinois - Law Enforcement Torch Run

Since 2009, Ben Ripstein has served as president of Midwest Motors, Inc., where he oversees the sales department and purchases all vehicles. Outside of his leadership role at Midwest Motors, Ben Ripstein contributes to several charitable organizations, including Special Olympics Illinois, which hosts the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run.

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Special Olympics Illinois - Law Enforcement Torch Run

  1. 1. Ben Ripstein
  2. 2. Introduction  Since 2009, Ben Ripstein has served as president of Midwest Motors, Inc., where he oversees the sales department and purchases all vehicles. Outside of his leadership role at Midwest Motors, Ben Ripstein contributes to several charitable organizations, including Special Olympics Illinois, which hosts the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run. A year-round fundraising event for Special Olympics Illinois, the Law Enforcement Torch Run also bolsters awareness of the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Illinois. Over the course of 30 years, the event has raised over $39 million for the cause.
  3. 3. Special Olympics Illinois  Founded in 1986, the Torch Run began with fewer than 100 runners, who carried the torch along just five routes. Although the initial Torch Run raised only $14,039.93, the event grew in popularity and raised $500,000 in 1997. The fundraising capacity of the Torch Run has since grown exponentially, with the event raising more than $1 million in 2001, $2 million in 2006, and $4.1 million in 2015. In the 2016 Torch Run, some 3,000 officers from all law enforcement branches carried the Flame of Hope along 23 routes throughout the state for a total of nearly 1,500 miles before reaching the City of Normal, the site of the Opening Ceremony of the Summer Games.

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