Harmons’ vice presidents and co-owners, Bob and Randy Harmon, presented a check for $222,653 to Special Olympics Utah at a breakfast Tuesday, April 24, at Harmons’ City Creek Store in Salt Lake City, Utah. Harmons conducted a number of fundraising activities in all of Harmons’ 16 locations in March including encouraging customer donations at check stands and allowing Special Olympics athletes to sell root beer floats on the weekends. Harmons also donated five percent of its frozen food net sales sold for the month.
In addition, Harmons sponsored a golf tournament in St. George for frozen food vendors and business associates, and a Bowl-a- Palooza tournament that paired Special Olympics athletes and Harmons' associates on bowling teams. Bowlers recruited families and friends to sponsor their participation, creating additional dollars this year.
Harmons continues to break its own fund raising records each year. The 2012 effort topped 2011’s event by $20,000, a 10 percent increase. Over Harmons’ 18-year fundraising support for Special Olympics, the family-owned grocer has raised more than one million dollars for Special Olympics Utah. Harmons is the top sponsor for the charity which presents athletic events and educational programs for people with intellectual disabilities in Utah.
“Once again the community, our associates and our frozen food vendors have stepped up and shown their love and support for people with intellectual disabilities,” said Bob Harmon, vice president and co-owner for Harmons. “We can’t thank them enough for teaming with us to make this another unprecedented fundraising effort.”
“Everyone deserves a chance at a happy and purposeful life,” said Amy Hansen, CEO of Special Olympics Utah. “Working together, Harmons and Special Olympics Utah are able to change lives throughout our state. Thanks to the generosity of Harmons and their willingness to engage their customers, vendors, partners and the community, we’re able to give 2,300 individuals with intellectual disabilities in Utah a chance to participate in their communities, develop belief in themselves, feel like champions, and receive health care screenings and more. We cannot thank Harmons enough.”