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Oj's donates $30,000 to Special Olympics Alberta

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  |  Posted: Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 11:13 am

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Original Joe’s Restaurant and Bar (OJ’s) presented Special Olympics Alberta with proceeds raised from the Community Care Fund.

In total, 28 OJ’s locations across the province joined forces to collect donations totaling $30,524.25. A total of $40,927.75 has been raised for Special Olympics organization from Alberta, Saskatchewan and B.C.

OJ’s popular community pint program, part of the Community Care Fund, provides locations the opportunity to fundraise on behalf of a charity of their choice. A new beneficiary is selected every four months and 50 cents from a featured pint is donated to the cause.

For the last four months, Original Joe’s and Big Rock Grasshopper each donated 25 cents into the Community Care Fund for every Big Rock Grasshopper pint sold at OJ’s locations in Alberta.

“Giving back to the communities we serve has always been important to us,” said Darren Weekes, area partner for Original Joe’s. “Special Olympics Alberta makes a significant difference in our province and we’re excited to support them in carrying out their mandate.”

Special Olympics Alberta offers world-class sport programs to people with intellectual disabilities of all ages and a wide range of abilities daily in communities across Alberta. Since its inception, Special Olympics Alberta has grown from an organization with a few dozen athletes, to one in which approximately 3,000 athletes compete in 18 official sports.

There are close to 1,500 coaches and volunteers working year-round to give people with an intellectual disability the opportunity to realize their full athletic potential. Special Olympics has the mandate that people with intellectual disabilities can, and will, succeed when given the opportunity.

“Original Joe’s contribution to Special Olympics Alberta is tremendously valued throughout our organization,” said Krishna Tailor, manager of Fund Development for Special Olympics Alberta.

“The funds and awareness provide significant impact to our athletes, coaches and volunteers. Special Olympics is a catalyst for social change. Our programs help instill confidence, self-esteem, and other life skills. They contribute to healthier athletes with life-long physical fitness habits. They change attitudes and create a more inclusive society.”

OJ’s has 63 locations across Western Canada, including 16 locations in Calgary and 12 locations in Edmonton.

For additional information, visit www.originaljoes.ca or www.facebook.com/originaljoes and follow them on Twitter @originaljoes


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