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, Publix 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.