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Special Olympics And TD Bank Fundraise For Honorable Athletes

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 More than four million athletes participate in Special Olympics worldwide.

Today some of those competitors from our area worked to raise money for their upcoming events.

"Thanks again buddy," Ryan Curran said as gave five dollars for Special Olympics.

It's a donation Danny Piccari couldn't wait to accept.

The generosity goes to a fund started by TD Bank to raise one million dollars for Special Olympics athletes.

"We just saw everyone standing here and it's for a good cause, so we thought why not contribute," Curran said.

Picarri has been participating in Special Olympics for years, and even took home the bronze in Bocce at the World Games in China in 2007.

"Danny gets what everyone wants I think, which is to be feeling like you're doing something really well and that you enjoy," his sister, Gabrielle Paccari-Luongo said.

Kevin Grow, the Bensalem high school basketball manager who burst on the scene after draining four three pointers during a varsity game last winter, has also competed in Special Olympics events for the past 10 years.

The honorary 76ers and Harlem Globetrotter signed autographs at the fundraiser.

"We hope that Kevin open opportunities for other children to shine light on children with special needs., to show that they can do a lot of special things and change us," His father Earl Grow said.

TD Bank has been raising money for Special Olympics for the past five years, reaching a million dollars each time.

A couple weeks in, bank officials said they've already raised a couple hundred thousand dollars at locations across the country this year.

"If you look at the athletes and you look at the inspiration they provide, it's an opportunity for us to partner with one of the greatest organizations and bring our communities to life and you see that through Kevin and Dan," Pennsylvania Sr. Vice President Jason Thacker said.

Local organizers said these fundraisers are vital to create success stories through Special Olympics.

"Every local program in Pennsylvania has to raise their own funds or else they can't function, and the more funds we raise the more athletes we can reach," Bucks County Special Olympics Program Manager George Massimini said.

The Special Olympics State Games are the first weekend in June at Penn State University.

Then two weeks later, the Special Olympics National Games kick off at Rutgers University.

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