On Saturday July 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., police officers and Special Olympics athletes will be joining together at numerous Circle K stores and Irving dealerships to raise money for Special Olympics Maine.

Officers will be pumping gas and washing windshields and athletes will be collecting donations. In the stores the employees have been and will continue to sell window clings for $1 each, also for Special Olympics. This is one of Special Olympics Maine’s largest fundraising and awareness raising events.

In the Midcoast, the event will be held in Rockland.

Originated by Irving Oil, they are bringing back its biggest U.S. fundraiser to New England and Maine in honor of Special Olympics athletes. Irving’s Fueling Dreams fundraiser began in 1999 to benefit the Law Enforcement Torch Run, the largest fundraiser worldwide for Special Olympics. Since then, the event has grown across all six New England states and raised more than $2 million which supports more than 28,000 Special Olympics athletes in New England each year. Irving’s Fueling Dreams helps support more than 3,400 Special Olympics athletes in Maine.

July 23 has been designated as “To Serve and Protect Day,” where Special Olympics athletes, coaches and law enforcement officers will work alongside Irving and Circle K employees to pump gas, wash windows, and greet customers at local Irving service stations and travel pPlazas.

The event will also be held at Irving and Circle K locations in these communities: Auburn, Augusta, Bethel, Boothbay, Brewer, Bridgton, Elliot, Farmington, Fryeburg, Gorham, Houlton, Kittery, Lewiston, Madison, Manchester, Newport, Old Town, Orono, Portland, Saco, Sanford, Scarborough, South Portland, Topsham and Wiscasset.

“Over the past year here at Special Olympics Maine, we have served more athletes in this time frame than ever before in the history of our program,” said Phil Geelhoed, president and Chief Executive Officer of Special Olympics Maine, in a news release. “Our partnership with Irving Oil, and Circle K and their loyal support of this annual promotion is directly related to our ability to sustain this growth. We truly appreciate all they continue to do for us. They are a great corporate friend and important part of what we are able to accomplish.”

The public can also support Special Olympics by purchasing special car window clings for $1 at Irving service stations, travel plazas and Circle K locations throughout Maine. Clings can be purchased until Aug. 2. In addition, Irving Oil Marketing will make a direct donation.

“Fueling Dreams couldn’t be a more rewarding partnership for Irving,” said Harry Hadiaris, general manager of Irving Oil, in a news release. “We love working with Special Olympics athletes and law enforcement officers for this very special cause. Each year more Irving stations and Circle K locations join in to help thousands of athletes achieve their dreams.”