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July 10, 2006

Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run


Keri Donahue and Luis Llano
Keri Donahue and Luis Llano

On June 7, Farmingdale State University of New York's Provost Dr. Hubert Keen, alongside Nassau County Police Commissioner James Lawrence and Nassau County Police Chief Gunderson, welcomed participants and guests to the campus for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.

The mission of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics is to raise funds for and awareness of the Special Olympics movement worldwide. Law enforcement officers from every state and more than 30 countries carry the Flame of Hope in honor of Special Olympics athletes in their area and around the world.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the largest grassroots fund-raiser and public awareness vehicle for Special Olympics in the world.

The Flame of Hope was carried on a 1,000-mile journey across New York State including through Farmingdale State's campus. On June 7, teams of runners from Nassau and Suffolk County Police Departments converged on Nold Hall, led by torch bearers, as part of the preparation for the Special Olympics New York's Summer Games to be held on Thursday, June 15 at the University at Albany, Siena College, Albany Academy for Girls and Sunset Lanes.

Farmingdale State's campus coordinator Marvin Fischer was pleased that two of Farmingdale State's finest, Keri Donohue and Luis Llano were among the runners