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Taco John's presents check to benefit Special Olympics Iowa athletes in northwest Iowa

Friday, February 17, 2012

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Sioux City Special Olympics Iowa Coach Melissa Dickerson and SOIA athlete Brian Bailey receive a check from Jennifer Solma of Taco John's. This is the second year for the Taco John's fundraiser in northwest Iowa. Between these two fundraisers a total of $4,441 has been generated to support Special Olympics Iowa athletes in northwest Iowa as they train and compete in local, regional and state events. Photo contributed
SIOUX CITY - Taco John's recently presented a check for $2,097 to Special Olympics Iowa (SOIA). Thirteen Taco John's restaurants in northwest Iowa participated in this fundraiser between November 21 and December 24, and included several restaurants in Sioux City. Donations were calculated during this time period with a portion for each Nachos NavidadŽ sold benefiting Special Olympics.

President of the Taco John's Sioux City Coop Craig Heath said, "Taco John's is pleased to share this gift to benefit the nearly 800 athletes who participate in Special Olympics and live in northwest Iowa. We appreciate the support of all our customers during this campaign."

This is the second year for the Taco John's fundraiser in northwest Iowa. Between these two fundraisers a total of $4,441 has been generated to support Special Olympics Iowa athletes in northwest Iowa as they train and compete in local, regional and state events. Annually, there are close to 80 regional events across the state and seven statewide competitions in various locations in Iowa.

The donations were made at the following restaurants: Cherokee, LeMars, Sheldon, Sioux City, Spencer, Spirit Lake, Storm Lake, South Sioux City (Neb.), and North Sioux City (S.D.). In addition, some stores also collected change and sold paper ornaments for one dollar each.

Special Olympics Iowa serves 11,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and Unified Sports partners in all 99 counties of Iowa. SOIA offers 23 Olympic-type sports and specialized programs on an annual basis. Athletes range in age from two to 80+. For more information, visit www.soiow.org or call 515-986-5520.



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