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    Publix Donates $1.74 Million to Special Olympics Athletes

    The chain's associates and customers helped raise the funds during a three-week period in January.

    Proving that not even a sluggish economy can deter the generosity of shoppers, Publix Super Markets associates and customers raised $1.74 million in just three weeks during January for Special Olympics as part of an annual promotion, in partnership with Procter & Gamble.

    Associates and customers purchased paper torches for $1, $3, or $5 to support the organization, which is dedicated to serving children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

    Publix presented the $1.74 million check during a ceremony for the Florida Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics on the steps of the State Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla.

    A supporter of Special Olympics for 36 years, Publix has expanded its support to include all states where it does business: Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Publix also claims to have an industry-leading history of hiring people with intellectual disabilities, many of whom participate in Special Olympics.

    Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and competition to over 2.25 million children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the world.

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