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Annual Fueling Dreams Drives Support for Special Olympics

June 26, 2017, 2:08 PM HST
* Updated June 26, 2:10 PM
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Drivers can make a donation to Special Olympics Hawai’i at any one of 45 participating Hele, 76 and Tesoro locations statewide starting Wednesday, July 5, 2017.

Par Hawaii is pumping up support for Special Olympics Hawai’i through its annual Fueling Dreams campaign allowing island drivers to make a donation to Special Olympics Hawai’i at gas stations throughout Hawai’i Island, Maui, O’ahu and Kaua‘i,

All donations will provide opportunities for athletes with intellectual disabilities to train and compete free of charge, including participating in the upcoming Holiday Classic, scheduled for Nov. 11 and 12, 2017.

This is the 12th year of Fueling Dreams. Par Hawaii, marketer of the Hele, 76 and Tesoro brands of gasoline in the islands, has been a strong supporter of Special Olympics Hawai’i for more than 27 years.

“Our entire team is very passionate and proud of our involvement with Special Olympics Hawai’i,” said Eric Lee, Par Hawaii’s vice president of retail. “From volunteering at their annual State Summer Games to hosting our annual Fueling Dreams campaign, we are truly humbled by the support of our employees and the community. Over the years, the Fueling Dreams campaign has raised more than $650,500 for these amazing athletes.”

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As part of the campaign, which runs through Aug. 8, 2017, Special Olympics Hawai’i and Par Hawaii will give away three $500 gift cards. Those who donate $5 will receive one entry; those who donate $20 will receive five entries. The more forms you enter, the better your chances are to win a $500 Hele, 76 or VISA/American Express gift card. A donation is not required to enter the drawing.

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For a free entry blank, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Special Olympics Hawai‘i, P.O. Box 3295, Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96801.

“Par Hawaii and its predecessors have been one of the greatest supporters of Special Olympics Hawai’i and we are excited to have one of our longest-running annual fundraisers return for another year,” said Nancy Bottelo, Special Olympics Hawai’i president and CEO. “Each year the money that Par Hawaii raises plays a critical role in our work to help fuel the dreams of athletes with intellectual disabilities.”

Special Olympics Hawai‘i provides year-round sports programs for athletes free of charge. All funds raised through Fueling Dreams will directly support the cost of facility rentals, equipment, food, lodging, and transportation for the more than 1,200 athletes and coaches scheduled to compete at this year’s Holiday Classic on Nov. 11 and 12, 2017.

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For more information on Fueling Dreams, contact (808) 695-3533 or visit www.sohawaii.org.

About Special Olympics Hawai‘i
Special Olympics unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports every day in Hawai‘i. Through work in sports, health education and community building, Special Olympics is addressing inactivity, injustice, intolerance and social isolation by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities which leads to a more welcoming and inclusive society.

Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Special Olympics Hawai‘i has grown from a handful of athletes to more than 5,000 participants across the state. With the support of more than 9,600 coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics is able to deliver 10 Olympic-type sports and more than 45 competitions throughout the year. There is never a fee for any athlete or family to participate in Special Olympics programs. For more information on Special Olympics Hawai‘i, visit www.sohawaii.org.

About Par Hawaii
Par Hawaii is the state’s leading provider of transportation fuels. Our nearly 700 local employees make and distribute refined petroleum products such as gasoline, diesel, marine fuel, and fuel oil to meet the state’s energy needs. Par Hawaii’s 94,000 barrel-per-day refinery in Kapolei is the larger of the state’s two oil refineries. The company also has statewide logistics operations for fuel distribution and a statewide network of nearly 100 Hele, 76 and Tesoro-branded retail stations.

Par Hawaii Inc. and Par Hawaii Refining, LLC are wholly owned subsidiaries of Houston, Texas-based Par Pacific Holdings (NYSE MKT: PARR), a growth-oriented company that owns, manages and maintains interests in energy and infrastructure businesses. In addition to Par Hawaii, Par Pacific has refining and logistics assets in Wyoming. Par Pacific also owns an equity investment in Laramie Energy LLC, a joint venture entity focused on producing natural gas in Garfield, Mesa and Rio Blanco Counties, Colorado.

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