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Paper torch fundraiser lights way for Special Olympics Texas support

This summer marks the sixth year Cavender’s is partnering with Special Olympics Texas to sell paper torches at each of its 57 Texas stores in support of Special Olympics athletes.

The paper torches will be available for purchase for $1, $5 or $10 at the checkout counter through Aug. 6 and can be personalized with the buyer’s name or the name of a loved one the buyer wants to honor.

Considering the effects of social distancing on the physical, social and emotional well being of SOTX athletes, there has been a need for increased virtual programming and a heavy emphasis on health and safety.

Funds raised go toward providing quality sports competition and training, as well as virtual opportunities and increased safety protocols for more than 58,800 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in the state.

Port Arthur and Mid-County customers can support the effort at Cavender’s Boot City, 6185 Eastex Freeway in Beaumont. Call 409-347-1770 for more information.

Miguel Quezada, chief development officer for Special Olympics Texas, said Cavender’s continues to show its generosity during these are trying times.

“Their continued support of Special Olympics Texas means the world to the athletes and allows individuals with and without intellectual disability to further the inclusion revolution,” Quezada said.

The cowboy boot and Western wear retailer has been a generous supporter of Special Olympics Texas since 2015.

Cavender’s has conducted this campaign since 2015 and has raised nearly $100,000 over five years.

Jennifer Green, of public relations and special events for Cavender’s, said non-profit organizations are providing services and need support more than ever.

“We hope that our loyal and generous customers will continue to show SOTX their love,” Green said.

In addition to the Paper Torch Campaign, Cavender’s has been the presenting sponsor for SOTX’s statewide Equestrian Competition for many years, which is annually held in May at the Brazos County Expo Center in Bryan for nearly 200 athletes.

Cavender’s continues to work with communities and government leaders to remain open in many locations to fulfill the needs of other essential workers, businesses, and agencies, offering phone ordering, buy online/pickup in store, and curbside pickup.