Corporate donors offer boost to Special Olympics

Boise, ID


By Gina Jameson


BOISE, Idaho (AP) _ Two big corporations with an Idaho presence
are chipping in to help the 2009 Special Olympics Winter Games.

Organizers say Hewlett-Packard and Wal-Mart have agreed to
pledge a combined $1.5 million in cash and in-kind services to the

Hewlett-Packard, which has a major facility in Boise, will
donate $1 million, including $200,000 in cash.

The Wal-Mart Foundation has also agreed to kick in $500,000 in
cash. The retail company operates seven stores across southwest
Idaho, which will play host to the games next February.

So far, organizers say they have raised more than $17 million of
the $35 million needed to operate the event, which is expected to
draw thousands of people from around the world.
Information from: KTVB-TV

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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