Dunkin’ Donuts Raises $150,000 for Special Olympics Rhode Island and Special Olympics MA South Section through Holiday Mug Refill Program

Rhode Island & Bristol County, MA – March 10, 2014 – Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees in Rhode Island and Bristol County, MA are pleased to announce that they have donated $150,000 to Special Olympics Rhode Island and Special Olympics Massachusetts South Section, thanks to the support of their loyal guests during a holiday season-long fundraiser. 

Beginning on Black Friday, guests had the opportunity to purchase refillable travel mugs that entitled the bearer of the mug to 99-cent refills of hot and iced coffee after 2pm through March 31st.  Franchisees donated $1.00 for every mug purchased to Special Olympics and thanks to the support of their loyal guests, that donation totaled $150,000.

“We are thrilled with the success of this promotion,” said Joe Prazeres, Dunkin’ Donuts Franchisee. “Dunkin’ Donuts has been a partner of Special Olympics for more than 25 years and we are constantly inspired by the athletes.  We are so thankful to our loyal guests who support us every day, allowing us to support this and other wonderful organizations.”

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About Special Olympics

The mission of the Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for individuals with intellectual disabilities by giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.  For more information, please visit www.specialolympicsri.org or www.specialolympicsma.org.


About Dunkin' Donuts

Giving back to the community that supports them is a key tenet of the Dunkin’ Donuts philosophy, and the franchisees take pride in supporting such local initiatives as the Dunkin’ Donuts Scholarship Program, Special Olympics Rhode Island and Special Olympics Massachusetts South Section, the Rhode Island Blood Center and Southcoast Blood Bank, Operation Holiday Cheer, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, the Jimmy Fund, and the Dunkin’ Dugout at McCoy Stadium.


Founded in 1950, Dunkin' Donuts is America's favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin' Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin' Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for seven years running. The company has nearly 10,800 restaurants in 31 countries worldwide. For the full-year 2012, Dunkin' Donuts' restaurants had global franchisee-reported
sales of approximately $6.9 billion. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin' Donuts is part of the Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.


Pictured left to right:


Front Row: Special Olympics MA South Section Director, Megan Hoffman; Special Olympics RI athletes Seth Dame and Cori Battista-Amaral; Special Olympics MA athletes Josiah Dore and Malik Garro-Emmanuel; Special Olympics MA Unified Partner Amaija Cruz


Middle Row: Special Olympics RI athlete Brandon Hilderbrandt; Special Olympics RI Executive Director, Dennis DeJesus; and Dunkin’ Donuts Franchisee Joe Prazeres


Back Row: Special Olympics RI coach Larry Dame and Dunkin’ Donuts Franchisees Bob Mongeon; Cliff Prazeres; Cheryl Cabral, and Chris Prazeres



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