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    Irving Oil Supports 2003 Special Olympics

    Company will donate 5 cents per gallon sold at designated locations.

    Portsmouth, N.H. -- Irving Oil and federal, state and local law enforcement agencies are fueling the achievements of Special Olympics athletes with financial support, awareness building and encouragement throughout the 2003 games ? donating 5 cents to the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for every gallon of gasoline sold at 75 Mainway and Big Stop locations on June 28 and 29.

    "Our Company is proud to continue celebrating the achievement of local Special Olympics athletes by supporting their drive and dedication," said Harry Hadiaris, director of convenience retail at Irving Oil. "Our participation in the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run reflects our company's focus on the communities where our customers and employees live and work. Together with our customers, we hope to encourage local athletes to achieve their personal best."

    Law enforcement officers, along with Special Olympics athletes and coaches, will be on hand pumping gasoline, washing windshields and greeting customers 75 Irving Mainway and Big Stop locations throughout Maine (42), New Hampshire (28), and Vermont (5) to benefit their respective Special Olympics organizations.

    Irving Oil Mainway & Big Stop customers will also have an opportunity to make a donation to their local law enforcement professional or their local team athlete when they have their gas pumped or windshield washed.

    The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics began in 1981 when Wichita, Kansas Police Chief Richard LaMunyon saw an urgent need to raise funds for and increase awareness of Special Olympics.

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