Friday, April 17, 2009

GEICO associates raise more than $40,000 for Special Olympics

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Last month, more than 500 Macon area runners took part in the 26th Annual GEICO Road Race to benefit Special Olympics. When the day was over, GEICO runners had raised over $40,000 in pledge contributions while dozens of their GEICO colleagues spent the day looking after the runners and spectators.

Georgia Milton-Sheats, CEO of Special Olympics Georgia, and local Special Olympic chapter leaders and athletes will accept GEICO’s check in excess for $40,000 on Monday, April 20, 12 noon at GEICO’s 4400 Ocmulgee East Blvd. location.

Milton-Sheats said, “The incredible support that GEICO gives the local program in the Macon area is truly one of a kind. For 26 years GEICO has been a fan of the Special Olympics athletes in and around Bibb County. Special Olympics is fortunate to have the on going relationship with GEICO and the tremendous volunteers who plan and organize sports trainings and competitions for children and adults with intellectual disabilities in the community.”

She further explained that the funding helps for their yearly events in track and field, basketball skills, bowling, golf and sailing competitions.

GEICO’s race directors Gary Musolf, Keely Buchanan and Randy Thompson work together to make this race a success for the community.

Musolf, GEICO’s assistant vice president of claims, who has been involved with the GEICO Annual Road Race since its inception in 1984, said “The many months of collaboration of all our associates make this event so special for us. It’s heartwarming to know that we helped make a difference in the life of the Special Olympians in Middle Georgia.”

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