On Monday, checks were presented to the Special Olympics programs in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, after Sheetz Inc., which operates more than 350 locations in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio and North Carolina, teamed up with the Pittsburgh Steelers and raised more than $36,000 for the cause.
As part of the fund-raiser, Sheetz hosted a “Win lunch with Steelers linebacker James Farrior” contest at its Pennsylvania and West Virginia stores from Nov. 16 to Dec. 27, 2008. Throughout the contest Sheetz donated 10 cents to the Special Olympics organizations every time someone purchased a specialty, made-to-order Sheetz Bros. Coffeez product.
Melissa Petrosky of Bethel Park, Pa., was chosen as the grand prize winner out of thousands of Sheetz customers and Steelers fans that entered the contest. Petrosky and a guest lunched with the NFL star on Monday at the Steelers’ training facility in Pittsburgh. In addition to lunch, Petrosky and her guest also received a tour the training facility of the five-time Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers.
“Here at Sheetz we are big supporters of the Special Olympics and we are grateful that the Steelers have offered their support in building awareness of how wonderful this organization truly is,” Louie Sheetz, executive vice president, marketing, Sheetz, Inc, said in a press release. “We are pleased to say that throughout this promotion we were able to raise more than $36,000 for Special Olympics Pennsylvania and West Virginia.”
Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Sheetz has been involved with Special Olympics since 1992 and has donated more than $1.5 million to Special Olympics Pennsylvania. In addition, $500,000 in financial and in-kind contributions has been donated to Special Olympics programs in Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina. Sheetz employees have also catered thousands of lunches for Special Olympics’ events and actively volunteer their time to help with summer and winter games.