Tesoro (the owner of the ARCO brand) and ampm Raise More than $82,000 in the First Week of the “Hometown Heroes” Campaign supporting Special Olympics Southern California
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (April 15, 2015) – On April 7, ARCO ampm launched a new fundraising campaign, “Hometown Heroes,” to benefit Special Olympics Southern California. After one week of the campaign, ARCO ampm has already raised more than $82,000!
To kick off the campaign last week, local law enforcement and Special Olympics athletes showed their appreciation to customers by washing windows, checking tire pressure, and more. The kick-off events were held at 10 ARCO ampm locations in Southern California, including Huntington Beach, Ontario, Riverside, San Dimas, San Diego, and more. Participating law enforcement agencies included the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Irvine Police Department, Long Beach Police Department, and more. Radio stations, including KIIS, KROQ, and JACK FM, provided entertainment while ARCO ampm employees got into the spirit through decorations, games, giveaways, and more. The ARCO ampm at 2195 S Haven Ave in Ontario created a torch icon display out of Coca-Cola product. More than $6,000 and lots of awareness was raised through the kick-off events.
“ARCO ampm operators believe in supporting organizations that benefit our communities,” said ampm franchisee Paul Dhaliwal. “We appreciate that all the money we raise for Special Olympics goes toward helping our local athletes.”
Until May 31, ARCO and ampm customers in Southern California can purchase a Special Olympics torch icon for $1 to support Special Olympics Southern California athletes. Customers who purchase the icon will receive a coupon for $0.50 off their next purchase of two Coca-Cola 8.5oz aluminum bottles. ARCO will also match $0.50 for every $1 contributed, up to a campaign total of $25,000. Money raised through this campaign will help send local athletes to the 2015 Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games and covers costs, such as uniforms, equipment, and transportation.
Tesoro (the owner of the ARCO brand) has been a supporter of Special Olympics Southern California as a year-round partner for the Law Enforcement Torch Run since 2008. They also host a kick-off event for the Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg for Special Olympics Southern California. Other events they support include the Polar Plunges and Summer Games.
About Special Olympics Southern California
Founded in 1969 by Olympic decathlon gold medalist Rafer Johnson, Special Olympics Southern California offers opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities to participate in year-round sports training and competition. More than 17,000 athletes and 15,000 coaches and volunteers take part in 12 Olympic-style sports.
About The Tesoro Corporation
Tesoro Corporation, a Fortune 100 company, is an independent refiner and marketer of petroleum products. Tesoro, through its subsidiaries, operates six refineries in the western United States with a combined capacity of over 850,000 barrels per day and ownership in a logistics business which includes a 36% interest in Tesoro Logistics LP (NYSE: TLLP) and ownership of its general partner. Tesoro's retail-marketing system includes over 2,200 retail stations under the ARCO®, Shell®, Exxon®, Mobil®, USA Gasoline(TM) and Tesoro® brands. Treasure Franchise Company LLC, a subsidiary of Tesoro Refining & Marketing LLC, franchises ampm® mini markets under a master franchise from BP West Coast Products in certain geographic areas.