Whately Police raise money for Special Olympics

For the Gazette
Published: 8/27/2016 3:09:18 AM

WHATELY — Members of the Whately Police Department will welcome customers, pump gas and clean windshields at Whately’s Irving/Circle K gas station Saturday to raise money for Special Olympics.

According to a press release from Special Olympics of Massachusetts, the event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is called Fueling Dreams Day, a Special Olympics fundraiser hosted by numerous Irving/Circle Ks.

Megan Hoffman, a representative of Special Olympics of Massachusetts, told The Recorder that Irving/Circle Ks across New England have adopted Special Olympics as their charity of choice for years, but that Fueling Dreams Day is taking place for the first time in Massachusetts. Stations in Whately and Bridgewater have partnered with their local police stations to raise money.

“The Whately Police Department is pleased to partner with Special Olympics of Massachusetts to engage with the community by encouraging financial support for various programs,” Whately Police Officer Ed Zaniewski said in the press release. “We recognize that Special Olympics of Massachusetts promotes exceptional opportunities and our department is excited about being a part of that effort.”

In addition to raising money for an important cause, Hoffman said the event gives residents a great opportunity to meet their local police officers. Any tips the officers may receive for pumping gas or cleaning windshields will be donated to local Special Olympics programs.

One dollar of every fuel purchase made today will also be donated to the charity. In Franklin County, Irving/Circle K stations in Whately, Deerfield and Greenfield are participating.


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