Letter: Thanks to the following groups, businesses, and/or individuals for supporting our group's fundraiser on July 25

On behalf of Route 66 Special Olympics, I would like to thank the following groups, businesses, and/or individuals for supporting our group's fundraiser on July 25 and our group this year. It has been such an honor to meet such wonderful business owners, group members, and individuals during this process.

Even with the downturn of the economy, local businesses provided needed items for our raffle to raise funds for our program, and area groups provided cash donations. Our group provides individuals with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to participate in sports programs throughout the year, but none of it would be possible without the caring people in Kingman, Laughlin and the state. You offered us hope and acceptance, and we give you our gratitude and appreciation. A heartfelt thanks goes out to each and every one of you.

Don's Office Supply, JB's Dolls and Gifts, Cerbat Lanes, Ashley Furniture, Home Style Furniture, Kingman Theaters, Hualapai Mountain Resort, Superior Tire, Chili's Restaurant, Home Depot, Lomelli's Garden Art, Chuy's Mesquite Broiler, Zen Salon and Day Spa, and Stomboli's Restaurant.

Thanks also to: Wiley Ford Group, Oil Can Henry's, Mohave Eye Center, Stagner Eye Center, Just for Kids Dentistry (Dr. J.R. DiCarlo), TruServ Corporation, Diamondback's Charity Organization, Phoenix Coyotes, Maui Jim Sunglasses Inc., Scentsy Candles, Aquarius Hotel and Casino, Pioneer Hotel and Casino, Tropicana Express Hotel and Casino, and private donators.

The following have made direct donations to our group: Shriners, UniSource employees, KRMC Wellness Center, and John Scott and family.

The following sponsored teams in our tournament: McDonalds, Echo Storage, Budget Rent-a-Car, Valley Medical Center, Doctors Surgery Center, Legal Addiction, Kingman Theaters, Freaky Freiday (Freiday Construction), and Weekend Warriors.

I would also like to thank Cindy M., Mary L., Kingman Softball Association, KSA umpires and scorekeepers, Route 66 volunteers and families, and the friends and families of the softball players who came out and supported our event. Thanks so very much and see you next year.

Cara Engstrom

Head of Delegation

Route 66 Special Olympics