Publix has supported Special Olympics Florida from the very beginning. In 1972, just after Special Olympics Florida was created, Publix Founder George Jenkins helped finance one of our first trips to a major competition. The company has never deviated from that course.

Since 1993, it has hosted our annual Torch Icon Campaign at their stores to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics Florida and other Special Olympics organizations across the Southeast U.S. Since its inception, the campaign has raised more than $60 million to support Special Olympics organizations in states where Publix operates.  We are honored to be Publix’s charity partner and are grateful to the customers and associates for their amazing support.

Publix is our most treasured and longest-standing partner for Special Olympics Florida, a true example of a fully-integrated partnership. In addition to the torch campaign each January, Publix hosts an annual golf tournament that raises more than $400,000 to support our mission. Publix associates serve as volunteers and executive leaders, and we are proud to have a number of our athletes across the state employed by Publix.

For all of these reasons and more, Publix Super Markets is a member of the Special Olympics Florida Hall of Fame.

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Torch Icon Campaign

We just wrapped up this year’s campaign and are grateful to Publix, Procter & Gamble, and all who participated.

Kicking off the Torch Icon Campaign at Publix

Athlete Caleb Prewitt and his mom Karen helped spread the word.

Thank You Publix

We are so proud of the Publix associates who are also part of our Special Olympics Florida family.

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At Publix, our mission is to be involved as responsible citizens within our communities. We are committed to our partnership with Special Olympics and see the positive influence that our relationship has had on our business, our employees and our communities. We recognize the impact of Special Olympics and are proud to join our organizations in doing good together.

-- Sam Pero, Special Olympics Florida Board Member and Vice President – Lakeland Division, Publix