Local athletes, coaches and law enforcement raise awareness and funds as part of “Go for the Gold” charitable campaign
BINGHAMTON, NY; – Dunkin’ today announced its annual Go for the Gold initiative, which was held at more than a dozen restaurant locations in the Southern Tier on Thursday, July 28, raised $51,832 for Special Olympics New York, thanks to the overwhelming generosity of restaurant guests.
During the event, Special Olympics New York athletes and coaches were joined by local law enforcement partners to collect donations at participating Dunkin’ restaurants in the Southern Tier to help support the cost of athletic training and future competitions. Dunkin’ provided guests with a coupon for a free donut as a thank you for donating to the organization.
“Dunkin’ is very grateful for the generosity our guests have shown this year for Special Olympics New York,” said Dunkin’ Franchisee Mayur Kaneria. “We have raised a record-breaking $51,832 for a program that touches the lives of so many in our local communities. We’re incredibly proud of our Southern Tier athletes and we thank our generous Dunkin’ guests for helping us keep them running.”
The fundraising event supports the organization’s year-round efforts to provide sports training and athletic competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities. All contributions generated from the campaign will support Special Olympics New York programs for Southern Tier families.
“We could not be more pleased and grateful to Dunkin’, our partners in law enforcement and all of the customers who supported the 2022 Go for the Gold campaign,” said Special Olympics New York President & CEO Stacey Hengsterman. “Their dedication to our Special Olympics athletes and the message of inclusion will have a lasting impact.”
For more than 50 years, Special Olympics New York has provided sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-style sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in authentic competition. Athletes, coaches and the people who support them come together for the love of a sport and the thrill of a game.
Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced regular/decaf/flavored coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ has earned a No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 15 years running. The company has more than 12,600 restaurants in 40 countries worldwide. Dunkin’ is part of the Inspire Brands family of restaurants. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.
About Special Olympics New York
Special Olympics New York is the largest state chapter in the country, serving more than 67,000 athletes across New York with year-round sports training, athletic competition, and health screenings. The organization also partners with more than 220 schools statewide to offer Unified Sports. All Special Olympics New York programs are offered at no cost to athletes, their families or caregivers. For additional information about Special Olympics New York, to learn more about getting involved, or to make a donation, visit www.specialolympicsNY.org.