From now through August 15th, grocery shoppers can visit their local IGA Supermarket, including Fitzgerald’s Foods at 710 Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury, and make a donation to help Special Olympics athletes reach their dreams. IGA Supermarkets across the Northeast will be holding their annual ‘Reaching for the Stars’ Hang Tag Promotion during the summer months to rally support for Special Olympics programs that inspire respect, acceptance and inclusion for people of all abilities. Shoppers are asked to add “support Special Olympics” to their grocery list, shop at their local IGA market and make a donation of $1.00 or more at checkout. In recognition of their contribution, a hang tag with the donor’s name (if desired) will be displayed in the store for the duration of the campaign.
Since 2008, the hang tag promotion has been conducted to assist Special Olympics is covering costs of providing thousands of local athletes with the equipment, uniforms and venues to train and compete in sports, year-round.
One-hundred percent of the proceeds from this effort will go to the local Law Enforcement Torch Run Program that financially supports Special Olympics programs throughout the state. The Law Enforcement Torch Run is one of the movement’s largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicles and encompasses a variety of events supporting Special Olympics including the annual Torch Run, and Cop-on-Top and Tip-A-Cop fundraising events.
About Special Olympics Connecticut
Special Olympics Connecticut provides year-round sports training and competitions for more than 13,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities and Unified Partners (their teammates without disabilities). Through a myriad of initiatives throughout the state and the world, Special Olympics is a movement that’s changing attitudes and changing lives by inspiring inclusion, understanding and respect for people of all abilities, in all aspects of life. (www.soct.org)
Partner Sponsors: Adams Hometown Markets/IGA Hometown Supermarkets, Connecticut Light & Power/Yankee Gas/ Western Massachusetts Electric (Northeast Utilities Companies), Law Enforcement Torch Run, NBC Connecticut, TD Bank, and United Technologies.
Year-Round Sponsors: Adams Hometown Markets/IGA Hometown Supermarkets, The Coca-Cola Bottling Company of New England, Crystal Rock Water and Coffee Company, Graebel Van Lines, Guida’s Milk and Ice Cream, Marcus Communications, State of Connecticut Judicial Branch Community Service and Worx Branding & Advertising.
About The Hometown Foundation
The Hometown Foundation is a non-profit, charitable foundation dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for individuals and their families in hometowns and surrounding communities where we operate. The Hometown Foundation honors and assists five key areas of interest: Children, Cancer, Diabetes, Military, and Emergency Response Personnel.
About Bozzuto's, Inc.
Bozzuto's, Inc., is a family-owned, full service, wholesale food distribution company headquartered in Cheshire, Connecticut, that serves over 700 supermarket retailers from Maine to Maryland and Ohio to Long Island. Bozzuto's is a proud supporter of IGA and is a five-time winner of IGA’s highest honor, The President’s Cup.