Free lunch fund-raisers earn $35,000 for Special Olympics Illinois
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — When Texas Roadhouses across the state invited the community to enjoy free lunch July 29, diners came out in full force.
Luncheons raised $35,000 for the organization. All-in-all, 3,411 guests enjoyed a free lunch, courtesy of the restaurant, and gave generously to Special Olympics Illinois.
At the luncheons, local law enforcement officers collected monetary donations and 100 percent goes to support Special Olympics Illinois.
The free lunch included a pulled pork sandwich, a made-from-scratch side dish, fresh baked bread with honey-cinnamon butter and a non-alcoholic beverage.
Restaurants in Springfield, Champaign, Decatur, O’Fallon, East Peoria, Joliet, Naperville, Tinley Park and Rockford participated.
Based in Louisville, Ky., Texas Roadhouse opened its doors in 1993. In just 18 years, Texas Roadhouse has grown to more than 345 locations in 46 states. The company is famous for hand-cut steaks, made-from-scratch sides, fresh-baked bread and its lively atmosphere. Visit www.texasroadhouse.com.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the single-largest year-round fund-raising vehicle benefiting Special Olympics Illinois. The annual intrastate relay and its various fund-raising projects have two goals: to raise money and to gain awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Illinois. The Law Enforcement Torch Run has raised more than $22.025 million over 25 years while increasing awareness of Special Olympics Illinois athletes and their accomplishments.
Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 19 sports for nearly 21,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and more than 6,000 young athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics changes lives by empowering people with intellectual disabilities to realize their full potential in sports and in life. Special Olympics programs enhance physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, social skills and encourage family and community support. To learn more about Special Olympics Illinois, volunteering or providing financial support to help make Special Olympics programs possible, contact a local Special Olympics agency, call 800-394-0562 or visit www.soill.org.
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