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Special Olympics Utah adds pair to its hall of fame

Published November 27, 2013 7:00 am

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Doreen Harmon of Harmons Grocery and athlete Shelley Raynes have been inducted into the Special Olympics Utah Hall of Fame.

The nonprofit organization awarded the honors at a celebration and fundraiser Nov. 21 in Salt Lake City, a news release said.

Harmon was inducted as a Special Olympics program builder. Harmons Grocery has been a top corporate sponsor of Special Olympics, according to the release. Through Doreen Harmon's efforts, the grocery chain has hosted fundraisers and donated time and money to ensure the success of area and state Special Olympics events.

Over the past 19 years, Harmons has donated millions of dollars through its National Frozen Food Month, Bowl-a-Palooza and golf tournament fundraisers, the release said.

Raynes' hall of fame induction recognizes her 28 years of participation in the Special Olympics. She has competed in more than 15 sports and earned nearly 250 medals, including gold and silver awards in bowling at the Special Olympics World Games at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.

The release said Raynes also serves as a global messenger, spreading the word about how Special Olympics benefits participants.

Special Olympics Utah also presented three other awards. They are:

Larry H. Miller Charities • The organization earned the Janet Q. Lawson Inspire Greatness Award for LHM Million Miles, during which Special Olympics athletes and cycling enthusiasts rode together at Miller Motorsports Park in a charity event designed to raise money and awareness.

The Utah High School Activities Association • The UHSAA was honored as the Community Partner of the Year for its role in expanding school-based programming through the development of sanctioned Unified Sports programs.

Kerry, ChiKay and Treven Cole • The Coles earned the 2013 Family of the Year Award, given to the family of an athlete that has made a significant impact on Special Olympics programs and athletes through community outreach and advocacy.