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Irving Oil Brings Back Special Olympics Fundraiser

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. -- Irving Oil was bringing its biggest United States fundraiser back to New Hampshire Saturday in honor of some very special athletes, reported.

Law enforcement officers designated June 5 as their annual "To Serve and Protect Day," and as part of the day's activities, enforcement officers were expected to work alongside Irving Oil employees and Special Olympics athletes and coaches to pump gas, wash windows and greet customers. The event was slated to take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 42 Irving gas stations and convenience stores in New Hampshire, according to the Web site report.

"The loyal support of Irving Oil to Special Olympics over the last decade has made an important contribution to the continued success and growth of Special Olympics," said Mary Conroy, president of Special Olympics New Hampshire.

Irving spokeswoman Liza Dube said nearly 100 new Irving stations were expected to participate throughout New England this year. "Fueling Dreams is great fun for everyone at Irving. We love working with Special Olympics," she said.

All funds raised by the volunteers at participating Irving and Circle K locations Saturday will be donated to Special Olympics. In addition, special icons could be purchased for $1 through Sunday, with the proceeds going to Special Olympics New Hampshire.

Irving Oil also said it will make a direct donation. Through Saturday, Twitter users could tweet #fuelingdreamsNH. Each original tweet raised $1 for Special Olympics of NH.

Irving's Fueling Dreams fundraiser began in 1999 in New Hampshire to benefit the Law Enforcement Torch Run, the largest fundraiser worldwide for the Special Olympics. The event has grown across all six New England states and raised more than $2 million.

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