Irving Oil’s New England Fundraiser Supports Over 28,000 Special Olympics Athletes

Release date: July 16, 2012

PORTSMOUTH, NH — Irving Oil has announced the arrival of its biggest fundraiser in New England. Irving’s partnership with Special Olympics began 13 years ago in New Hampshire and has benefited the Law Enforcement Torch Run, the largest fundraiser worldwide for the Special Olympics. Since then, the event has expanded across all six New England states and has risen over $2 million.

“Working alongside so many passionate and talented athletes is very rewarding,” said Harry Hadiaris, General Manager of Irving Oil. “We love the opportunity to support Special Olympics and law enforcement officers across all of New England.”

On July 28th, various Irving and Circle K locations will host the “To Serve and Protect Day,” where Special Olympics athletes, coaches and law enforcement officers work alongside Irving and Circle K employees to pump gas, wash windshields, and greet customers at local Irving Service Stations, Travel Plazas, and Circle K locations throughout New England.

“Our continued partnership with Irving and Circle K, in addition to providing great awareness of our Movement, allows Special Olympics across New England to continue to live out our mission through the dollars raised from their support,” said Mary Conroy, President of Special Olympics New Hampshire. “The funds raised through our partnership have allowed us to sustain current programs, launch new initiatives and increase awareness of Special Olympics. Irving is a great corporate friend that makes a significant impact in what we are able to accomplish.”

Everybody can support their Special Olympics state organization by purchasing special car window clings for $1 at Irving Service Stations, Travel Plazas, and Circle K locations in New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Clings can be purchased until August 5th. In addition, Irving Oil will make a direct donation of $100,000.

About Irving Oil

Irving Oil was founded in 1924 and is a privately owned regional refining and marketing company. Irving Oil operates Canada's largest refinery, just over the border in Saint John, N.B., and has over 900 service stations and travel plazas in New England and Eastern Canada. In 2003, Irving Oil became the first oil company to receive a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Clean Air Excellence Award, for its clean gasoline. For more information about Irving Oil, visit theirving.com.

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