Special Olympics Florida Torch Icon Campaign Returns to Publix for 25th Year To Benefit Florida Athletes
By Space Coast Daily // January 2, 2019
All donors will receive $14 in coupon savings
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – For more than four decades, Special Olympics Florida has been changing the game for people with intellectual disabilities and empowering them to conquer their sporting goals.
The beloved organization has a rooted history in inspiring a world of inclusion and that is why this January 2 through 13, Special Olympics Florida will unite with the premier quality retailer, Publix Super Markets for the 25th Special Olympics Florida Torch Icon Campaign.
Beginning January 2 and running through January 13, those who visit their local Publix can help foster the athletic dreams of their state athletes with a simple donation.
All donors will receive $14 in coupon savings, including exclusive savings on Procter & Gamble brands.
Donations can be made at the register during check out for as little as $1, $3, $5, $10 or a specific desired amount. Donations can also be made online at SpecialOlympicsFlorida.org and coupon savings will be provided digitally to online donors.
“We are honored and thankful to partner with such a passionate and prestigious organization as Publix Super Markets who support our mission to help those with intellectual disabilities,” said Special Olympics Florida President & CEO Sherry Wheelock.
“In 2018, Publix customers and associates contributed more than $4.0 million dollars to Special Olympics Florida and volunteered their time to help benefit our athletes. We are beyond grateful for the amazing dedication Publix brings to the table each and every year.”
Since 1993, more than $46.4 million dollars has been raised through the Torch Icon Campaign and has continued to help give athletes continued opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience pure joy by getting to fulfill their sporting dreams alongside family, friends and their local communities.
“At Publix, our mission is to be involved as responsible citizens within our communities,” said Maria Brous, Publix Director of Media and Community Relations.
“Our support of Special Olympics began in 1972 when Publix and our founder, George Jenkins, provided the funds to send 60 Florida athletes with intellectual disabilities and their chaperones to compete in the Special Olympics National Games in Los Angeles. We recognized the impact of Special Olympics as a means to build strong communities then, and this legacy continues today as we are proud to be an employer of choice among more than 800 Special Olympic athletes across our seven state operating area. We offer our athletes more than just a job – we offer a fulfilling career and an extension of family.”
Special Olympics Florida serves more than 50,000 athletes who compete at a local, state, national and worldwide level. In addition to training and competition for these athletes, Special Olympics Florida provides $2 million in free medical exams for thousands of Floridians with intellectual disabilities through its health programs, including much-needed access to free prescription glasses and hearing aids.
To participate in the Torch Icon Campaign, please visit your local Publix Super Market this January 2 – 13 and have the chance to meet Special Olympic athletes in-store and donate to this beloved organization making sporting dreams come true.
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