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    Wal-Mart Raises $978K for Calif. Special Olympics

    Money gathered by the big-box retailer will help fund 178 competitions In Northern California next year.

    Through the efforts of its workers, managers, and vendors, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. raised $978,128 for Special Olympics in California, which will help train athletes and fund more than 280 yearly competitions in 19 different sports.

    The money will be split between Northern and Southern California Special Olympics branches, said Wal-Mart.

    Wal-Mart raised the money through its Golden Partnership campaign. More than 2,800 Wal-mart associates, management, vendors and community leaders across California participated in the effort.

    "Special Olympics serves an essential role in our community through its development of some truly inspiring adult and children athletes, and we are honored to be part of its success," said Henry Jordan, Wal-Mart regional general manager. "Wal-Mart's ongoing efforts to assist this vital grass-roots sports program is true to our commitment to give back to the communities we serve. By providing both monetary resources and dedicated volunteers, we are enthusiastic partners in helping the Special Olympics truly make a difference."

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