This morning we celebrated one of our favorite days of the year! We were thrilled and honored to present Special Olympics Utah with a check that represented contributions from our caring customers, support from our vendors, and hard work by many Harmons associates. For 18 years Harmons has dedicated March Frozen Food month as a time to formally partner with Special Olympics Utah to raise awareness and funds. This year’s fundraising total topped $222,650! Customer donations alone, through icon and root beer float purchases, totaled $131,860.
Doreen with young Bob, Jamie, Randy and Special Olympic athletes - 1970
This morning’s presentation was about much more than a number on a check. It was about making a substantial impact on the lives of our family, friends, and neighbors in Utah with intellectual disabilities. The events and essential services provided by Special Olympics Utah have a reach far beyond sport participation. A teary-eyed Doreen Harmon shared her connection and involvement with young Special Olympics athletes going all the way back to when Bob and Randy were just children. She talked about the importance of valuing the lives and efforts of these amazing athletes, or as she says, ” . . . special angels who are here to teach us how to live and love life.”
Harmons Draper cashier Diana shares her connection to Special Olympics Utah
The personal connections to Special Olympics Utah does not end with the Harmon family. The Harmons family of associates carries on the strong commitment of helping Special Olympics Utah and more than 2,200 athletes. There are many associates throughout the company who are also great Special Olympics athletes. Along with presenting the organization with the fundraising total, we honored associates who exemplified passion for the promotion. Harmons South Jordan’s grocery manager, Fransisco, was recognized for overall store promotion and support of the month’s events. Diana, a cashier at Harmons Draper, was recognized for bringing in the most support from customers in the form of icon sales. Diana expressed her thanks to our vendors and customers and beamed with pride as she spoke about her niece who is a Special Olympics Utah athlete.
Thank you to all the great vendors, customers and associates who continue to help us support local organizations like Special Olympics Utah!
“I believe that the measure of a person’s life is the affect they have on others.” ~ Steve Nash
“So, the thought I got out of this quote is that we can sell a ton of groceries and we can be very successful at it, but at the end of the day it is the moments of giving and the lives we affect that we will remember and that truly matters in life.” ~ Michael Arbuckle, Harmons Grocery Sales Director. Shared at the check presentation from Harmons to Special Olympics Utah