SPECIAL OLYMPICS NEW YORK AND APPLEBEE’S TO HOST “GO FOR THE GOLD”

Donations to Benefit Special Olympics Athletes

Albany, NY – On Wednesday, April 27 from 5 – 8pm, Special Olympics New York athletes and volunteers will visit more than 40 Applebee’s locations to raise funds and awareness for the organization.

“We rely on our communities to come out and support their local athletes at events like these,” said Stacey Hengsterman, President and CEO of Special Olympics NY. “They never disappoint. We can’t wait to see them Wednesday night. Together, we’ll help our athletes go for the gold.”

Volunteers attending the event will include Law Enforcement representatives, coaches, volunteers, family members, and Unified Sports partners. Special Olympics USA Games athletes will also be on-hand to collect donations for their upcoming trip to Orlando in June. All donations will directly support the athletes of Special Olympics NY.

For a list of participating locations, please contact Central Region Associate Director of Development Michaela Darbyshire at mdarbyshire@nyso.org.

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About Special Olympics New York

Special Olympics New York is the largest state chapter in the country, serving more than 31,000 athletes across New York with year-round sports training, athletic competition, and health screenings. The organization also partners with about 250 schools statewide to offer Unified Sports, where students with and without disabilities compete as teammates. All Special Olympics New York programs are offered at no cost to athletes, their families or caregivers. The organization has earned the Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar.com, making it one of the most trusted charities in the business nationally. For additional information about Special Olympics New York, to learn more about getting involved, or to make a donation, visit www.specialolympicsNY.org.