Boone Police and Special Olympics

by Shane Robbins

Boone Police will be at Publix Super Market at Three Creeks on two Saturdays, January 13 and January 20, 2018, from 10:00 am to noon with local Special Olympics athletes. This event is an annual partnership with Publix and law enforcement to raise awareness and funding for Special Olympics. Community members can easily make a donation to Special Olympics as they check out at the registers during most of the month of January.

Since 1987 law enforcement officers across the state have worked to raise money for Special Olympics, and last year raised over 1.2 million dollars through t-shirt sales, corporate donations, and various fundraisers. The money raised provides opportunity for those with intellectual disabilities to receive year-round training activities and funds the costs of their annual games. 160 nations around the world participate in the Special Olympics program. In North Carolina, nearly 40,000 Special Olympics athletes benefit from Special Olympics North Carolina.

The Boone Police Department has been very active in recent years with Special Olympics. Last year, our police department was eighth in the state among all law enforcement agencies in fundraising. We are passionate about providing opportunity to those with intellectual disabilities to showcase their God-given talents and abilities. We are so excited to have Publix in our Boone Community as they are a corporate sponsor of Special Olympics. We look forward to working with Publix this month to introduce some of the Special Olympic Athletes to the community. ~ Captain Andy Le Beau

Publix manager, Joel Wise expressed the deep commitment Publix has for Special Olympics:

For 38 years Publix has partnered with Proctor and Gamble to support the Special Olympics and it’s athletes. This year we are offering $15 dollars worth of coupons to any customers who donate through our registers. The event lasts from January 4th until January 29th. Our goal is to raise 5,000 for the event. ~ Joel Wise, Publix Store Manager