By Diane Ako
Tesoro Hawai'i is giving the green light to its seventh annual Fueling Dreams fundraiser to support Special Olympics Hawai'i athletes. During this year's event, island drivers can take advantage of discounted prices on all grades of gasoline and VIP service, courtesy of Tesoro Hawai'i employees, local law enforcement officers and Special Olympics Hawai'i volunteers at 14 stations on O'ahu and the Big Island from March 1 - 2, 2012.
Additionally, motorists revving to go can support this good cause by making donations to Special Olympics Hawai'i at all Tesoro 2Go stores now through March 7, 2012. Supporters who give generously throughout the month-long campaign will be entered into a drawing to win $500 in Tesoro giftCards®. Two other drawings for $500 each will be awarded to those who make a donation during the two-day Fueling Dreams event.
"Every year, our employees look forward to rolling up their sleeves to help fuel the dreams of athletes and raise awareness for Special Olympics Hawai'i," said Eric Lee, Tesoro Hawai'i's senior regional manager - retail. "Tesoro Hawai'i is proud to support Special Olympics Hawai'i's athletes and be a part of their successes - whether it's on the playing field, at work, in the classroom or at home."
Fueling Dreams volunteers will be out in force at the following participating Tesoro stations: Dillingham, Hawai'i Kai, Kapahulu, Kapolei, King & Cooke, Mililani Mauka, Mililani Town Center, Nanakuli, Palama, Salt Lake and Waipahu Town Center on O'ahu, and at Bay Front in Hilo and Queen Kaahumanu in Kailua-Kona on Hawai'i Island from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on both days.
"We are thankful for the support of our loyal and generous year-round partners like Tesoro Hawai'i who make it possible for us to provide free access to sports and wellness initiatives for our growing number of athletes throughout the state," said Nancy Bottelo, president of Special Olympics Hawai'i. "As we continue to serve more athletes and face rising costs, individual and corporate donations have become increasingly important to our work, which creates opportunities and is inclusive of those with intellectual disabilities in our communities."
As a year-round mission partner, Tesoro Hawai'i has committed to raising $75,000 this year to support Special Olympics Hawai'i. Proceeds from Fueling Dreams will benefit Special Olympics Hawai'i's Summer Games, which brings together more than 1,000 athletes and coaches from throughout the state. Athletes begin training in February and participate in area and regional competitions from March through May to qualify for this event. The Summer Games, held over the Memorial Day weekend, include competitions in powerlifting, softball, swimming and track and field.
For more information on Special Olympics Hawai'i, please contact 808-943-8808 or visit www.specialolympicshawaii.org. Special Olympics Hawai'i is also on twitter, www.twitter.com/sohawaii and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SpecialOlympicsHawaii.