4th annual statewide fundraiser benefits Special Olympics Illinois

July 11, 2014 

BND

Illinois’ Texas Roadhouse restaurants and local law enforcement agencies invite communities across the state to enjoy simultaneous FREE LUNCH fundraisers for Special Olympics Illinois from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday, July 25.

At the luncheons, local law enforcement officers will collect monetary donations and 100 percent will go to support Special Olympics Illinois. Last year’s events raised more than $63,000 for the organization.

The free lunch includes—locally at the Texas Roadhouse in Shiloh—a pulled pork sandwich, a made-from-scratch side dish, fresh baked bread with honey-cinnamon butter and a non-alcoholic beverage.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the single largest year-round fundraising vehicle benefiting Special Olympics Illinois. The annual intrastate relay and its various fundraising projects have two goals: to raise money and to gain awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Illinois.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run has raised more than $22.025 million over 25 years while increasing awareness of Special Olympics Illinois athletes and their accomplishments.

Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 19 sports for nearly 21,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and more than 6,000 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities.

Special Olympics changes lives by empowering people with intellectual disabilities to realize their full potential in sports and in life. Special Olympics programs enhance physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, social skills and encourages family and community support.Departing O’Fallon District 90 Superintendent Todd Koehl, Ed.D., said he appreciates the support he has received from the community during his nearly 10 years here and he is leaving town with a place in his heart that “will always bleed blue and gold.”

If interested in learning more about Special Olympics Illinois, volunteering or providing financial support to help make Special Olympics programs possible, contact your local Special Olympics agency, call (800) 394-0562 or visit our website at www.soill.org.

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