RALEIGH — Participating Dunkin’ Donuts locations in North Carolina owned by Coastal Franchising raised over $45,000 through its Community Cups fundraising campaign August 9-23 in support of Special Olympics North Carolina (SONC). Customers were asked to make donations during the two-week campaign held at 49 Dunkin’ Donuts locations throughout the state.

The franchise located at 27616 Wesley Chapel Boulevard in Charlotte was recognized as the top fundraising store during the campaign, with a total of $4,377 raised. The Union County Sheriff’s Office had officers at the store during the campaign to thank customers for making donations.

“We are so very grateful that Coastal Franchising values the importance of the Special Olympics mission,” said Keith L. Fishburne, president/CEO of Special Olympics North Carolina, in a statement. “In order to keep our athletes active at home during the pandemic, these funds will help us to continue sports training and fitness activities.”

Special Olympics North Carolina provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

“If we have learned anything from this current pandemic, it is that we all want to be part of a community, part of a team, part of something bigger than ourselves,” said George Ross, CEO of Coastal Franchising, in the statement. “Special Olympics gives that opportunity to the nearly 40,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities who participate in Special Olympics North Carolina, allowing them to develop physical fitness, build courage, experience joy and share their gifts and friendship with others.”

Metrographics Printing of Charlotte donated all printing for the customized icons given to customers.