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Law Enforcement Torch Run

The Kentucky Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics Kentucky is the largest single grassroots fundraiser done on a yearly basis. Police organizations throughout the state raise money through a number of methods, including golf outings, trivia nights, T-shirt sales and bass tournaments among others. Participants are honored at the Summer Games as they escort the "Flame of Hope" into the stadium for the lighting of the ceremonial flame.

For the past 17 years the Law Enforcement agencies of Kentucky have banded together for this event and have raised funds to help benefit the more than 6,000 athletes whom we serve as an organization. The Kentucky Law Enforcement Torch Run annually generates more than $200,000 for Special Olympics Kentucky. The Torch Run involves more than 1,500 people on a yearly basis and the participants serve as a volunteer base for the Summer Games.

The Kentucky Law Enforcement Torch Run is sponsored by the State Fraternal Order of Police, Kentucky Sheriffs Association and the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police.

For more information about Torch Run events, please contact Special Olympics Kentucky Torch Run Liaison Jayna Oakley at 800-633-7403 for more information.

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Ohio Mills Co. is a professional recycler that works with Special Olympics Kentucky to collect and recycle used clothing, shoes, and books. Our partnership operates a network of clothing donation bins throughout Kentucky (currently in areas in and around Louisville, Lexington, Northern Kentucky and Bowling Green).

Items are collected from bins and then sold as rags, recycled textiles or in second hand stores. Some of proceeds of that business come back to Special Olympics Kentucky through Ohio Mills. Special Olympics Kentucky's association with Ohio Mills began in 2011 and the company has already become a year-round partner and will contribute nearly $100,000 to the program in 2012.

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On top of that, textile recycling is one of the first ‘Green’ Industries ever to be established, with roots dating back to the Industrial Revolution. The industry has only grown in size and efficiency. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, recycling textiles can be as much as 95% efficient when all means of reuse and recycling are utilized.

Texas Roadhouse began its corporate association with Special Olympics in 2000 with the Inaugural Armadillo Classic Golf Outing. That first event raised more than $50,000 dollars to benefit athletes in Kentucky with mental disabilities. Now, Texas Roadhouse contributes more than $100,000 to Special Olympics Kentucky annually through the Armadillo Classic, icon sales in restaurants and sponsorship of the Polar Bear Plunge in Lexington.

   Texas Roadhouse combines casual family dining and a Southwest roadhouse atmosphere. From homemade rolls to fresh, hand-selected all-American aged beef, Texas Roadhouse uses the freshest ingredients available to produce its outstanding menu items. Based in Louisville, Texas Roadhouse has restaurants in 20 states, including seven locations in Kentucky.

Corporate Sponsors

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Delta Dental reaffirmed its commitment to improving dental health among all people when it signed on as a sponsor for Special Olympics Kentucky MedFest events beginning in 2011.

Delta Dental Plans Association is a not-for-profit organization with some for-profit affiliates as member companies. Through their 39 independent member companies, they offer national dental coverage - administering programs and reporting systems that provide employees and individuals with quality, cost-effective dental benefits and superior customer service.

As America's largest and most trusted dental benefits carrier, Delta Dental covers more Americans than any other dental benefits provider - and strives daily to make dental coverage more accessible and affordable to a wide variety of employers, groups and individuals.

Dial America contributes 12 1/2% of all magazine subscription orders it takes in Kentucky to Special Olympics Kentucky, generating more than $15,000 annually for the program.

Dial America is one of the largest privately held telemarketing companies in the country. It is also the preeminent magazine subscription marketer in America.

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PNC Bank is a longtime supporter of Special Olympics Kentucky. Currently PNC serves as the primary sponsor of the Special Olympics Kentucky Young Athletes Program. PNC's contribution helps provide Young Athletes Program materials for groups willing to provide programming in their area for children from 2- to 7-years old with intellectual disabilities.

PNC Bank, National Association, is a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC). PNC (www.pnc.com) is one of the nation’s largest diversified financial services organizations providing retail and business banking; residential mortgage banking; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management.

Procter & Gamble partners with Special Olympics nationwide, allowing state programs to incorporate P&G product promotion into other marketing efforts. For the past several years, P&G has donated a portion of January product sales to Special Olympics programs nationwide, contributing more than $10,000 in Kentucky each year. In all, Procter and Gamble has contributed more than $300,000 to the program since 1998 .

Established in 1837, Procter & Gamble (P&G) began as a small, family-operated soap and candle company in Cincinnati, Ohio. From that modest beginning, P&G has grown into a global company, which today has sales in over 140 countries and operations in more than 70 countries. Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, P&G is a recognized leader in the development, manufacturing and marketing of a broad range of superior quality products including Crest toothpaste, Tide laundry detergent, Ivory soap and Pampers diapers, to name just a few.

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Walmart supports Special Olympics Kentucky in local communities and throughout the state through an array of initiatives. Their most recent effort is the Charity Golf Classic in Richmond that supports the State Summer Games. They also make grants through local stores in the form of both money and gift cards, helping our local teams purchase supplies, operate fundraisers and pay travel and uniform costs to compete.

Walmart serves customers and members more than 200 million times per week at more than 10,130 retail units under 69 different banners in 27 countries. With fiscal year 2012 sales of $443 billion, Walmart employs 2.2 million associates worldwide.

Civic Organization Partners
   Both the Kentucky Department American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary hold a number of fundraisers during the year to support Special Olympics Kentucky statewide programs. This has meant more than $20,000 per year to Special Olympics Kentucky in each of the past several years. The two organizations raise at least an equal amount that is put into Special Olympics programs at the local level throughout the state. In addition to their financial support, the Kentucky Department American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary provide countless volunteers for both local and statewide Special Olympics events.

The two organizations have been vital supporters of the Special Olympics movement in Kentucky for more than 20 years.

The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic, mutual-help, wartime veterans organization. It has grown into a community-service organization which now numbers nearly 3 million members — men and women — in nearly 15,000 American Legion Posts worldwide. Membership eligibility in The American Legion is based on honorable federal active duty service with the U.S. Armed Forces during any period of foreign conflict.

The American Legion Auxiliary, organized in 1919 to assist The American Legion, is much more than the name implies. The organization has achieved its own unique identity while working side-by-side with the veterans who belong to The American Legion. Like the Legion, the Auxiliary's interests have broadened to encompass the entire community.

The American Legion Auxiliary is the world's largest women's patriotic service organization. Through its nearly 12,000 Units located in every state and some foreign countries, the Auxiliary embodies the spirit of America that has prevailed through war and peace.

   Civitan has been a consistent supporter of Special Olympics in Kentucky raising money through a number of programs. Civitan contributes more than $25,000 annually to Special Olympics Kentucky. Civitan also provides volunteer support for a number of Special Olympics Kentucky competitions and fundraising events.

Civitan was founded in 1917 in Birmingham, Alabama, by a group of businessmen wishing to make their community better. From there, Civitan has grown into an international organization of men, women, and teenagers in 21 countries around the world.

The mission of Civitan is to build good citizenship by providing a volunteer organization of clubs dedicated to serving individual and community needs with an emphasis on helping people with developmental disabilities.

Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus support Special Olympics Kentucky programs on both a statewide level and in local communities throughout the state. From volunteering at competitions, to participating in events like the Plane and Truck Pulls to making donations through their Council Tootsie Roll sales programs the Knights help ensure that Special Olympics opportunities continue to be available to the athletes we serve.

The Knights of Columbus is the world's foremost Catholic fraternal benefit society. The Order has helped families obtain economic security and stability through its life insurance, annuity and long-term care programs, and has contributed time and energy worldwide to service in communities.

The Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to more than 14,000 councils and 1.8 million members throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Cuba, Guatemala, Guam and Saipan. Currently there are more than 80 Knights of Columbus Councils with more than 10,000 members in Kentucky.


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