Special Olympics North Carolina (SONC) is teaming up with Publix Super Markets for its annual Torch Icon fundraising campaign Jan. 7-18, 2021. The campaign unites Publix associates, customers and local communities in an effort to support thousands of Special Olympics athletes in seven southeastern states where Publix has stores.
“For over five decades, Special Olympics North Carolina has changed the lives of people with intellectual disabilities through year-round sports training and competition, critical health programs, leadership development and inclusive programs,” said Keith L. Fishburne, President/CEO of SONC. “All the funds raised through this campaign at North Carolina Publix locations will remain in North Carolina to support our efforts.”
Customers who visit their local, participating Publix Jan. 7-18 can help support Special Olympics North Carolina athletes with a simple donation. A full list of participating North Carolina locations is available online. All donors will receive over $10 in coupon savings, including exclusive savings on Procter & Gamble brands like Pampers®, Luvs®, Olay®, Gillette®, Secret®, Old Spice®, Always®, Tampax® and Vicks®. Donations can be made at the register during check out for as little as $1 or any specific desired amount.
Since 1993, almost $56 million has been raised through the Torch Icon campaign across seven states, providing Special Olympics athletes the chance to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience pure joy through the transformative power of sports alongside family, friends and their local communities.
“At Publix, our mission is to be involved as responsible citizens within our communities,” said Dwaine Stevens, Publix Director of Community Relations. “Our support of Special Olympics began more than 40 years ago, recognizing their impact 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 Olympics athletes across our seven-state operating area. We also offer many athletes jobs that result in a fulfilling career and an extension of family. We are proud to join our communities in doing good together.”
To participate in the Torch Icon Campaign, please visit your local Publix this Jan. 7-18 and donate to Special Olympics North Carolina to help create a world of inclusion and acceptance for people with intellectual disabilities.
About Publix Super Markets
Publix, the largest employee-owned company in the U.S. with more than 225,000 associates, currently operates 1,264 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. For 23 consecutive years, the company has been recognized by Fortune as a great place to work. In addition, Publix’s dedication to superior quality and customer service is recognized among the top in the grocery business. For more information, visit the company’s website, corporate.publix.com.
About Special Olympics North Carolina
Since 1968, the organization has used the transformative power of sports to improve the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Nearly 40,000 athletes in North Carolina inspire thousands of coaches, sports officials, local program committee members and event organizers involved in Special Olympics statewide. SONC offers year-round training and competition in 20 Olympic-type sports on local and state levels as well as health and wellness initiatives to improve the health status and increase access to community health resources for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Youth become agents of change through Unified Champion Schools, an education and sports-based program created by Special Olympics to build an inclusive environment among youth with and without intellectual disabilities as well as empower them to become youth leaders and create change in their community. Visit Special Olympics North Carolina at www.specialolympicsnc.com. Engage with us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.