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Par Hawai‘i Fueling Dreams for Special Olympics Athletes

January 4, 2022, 2:00 PM HST
* Updated January 4, 12:58 PM
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Par Hawai‘i, the state’s leading provider of petroleum products and transportation fuels, is again revving up support for Special Olympics Hawai‘i athletes.

The company’s Fueling Dreams campaign returns for a 17th year, running from Jan. 1-March 31, and inviting drivers to make a donation to Special Olympics Hawai‘i at 34 participating nomnom stores throughout the Big Island, O‘ahu and Maui.

“After the pandemic canceled many events and in-person fundraisers, we understand that fundraisers like Fueling Dreams are more important than ever keep our athletes active, engaged and working towards getting them back on the playing fields they love,” said Par Hawai‘i VP of Retail Eric Lee. “We have been supporting Special Olympics Hawai‘i for more than three decades and are looking forward to continuing to help them further their work transforming the lives of athletes with intellectual disabilities.”

Par Hawai‘i, marketer of Hele and 76 Hawai‘i, has been a strong supporter of Special Olympics for more than 30 years. To date, the Fueling Dreams campaign has raised more than $910,000 for Special Olympics Hawai‘i athletes and programs.

“We are extremely grateful — especially coming out of the pandemic when we had to cancel many of our in-person fundraisers — to have one of our longest-running fundraisers return for another year,” said Special Olympics Hawai‘i President and CEO Dan Epstein. “Par Hawai‘i has been a trusted partner, and their fundraisers create opportunities our local athletes might not otherwise have to fuel their dreams.”

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All donations received from the Fueling Dreams campaign allow Special Olympics Hawai‘i to continue providing programs and training — online and in-person — for more than 3,400 youth and adult athletes with intellectual disabilities.

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Special Olympics Hawai‘i provides free year-round sports programs and training for athletes with intellectual disabilities. Since 1968, Special Olympics has changed attitudes about the talents of people with disabilities and raised awareness to build an inclusive and unified community.

For more information about the Fueling Dreams campaign or Special Olympics Hawai‘i, click here. You can also follow Special Olympics Hawai‘i on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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