NEW BRITAIN — What does it take to move a thousand law enforcement officers from Bradley Airport around the state to a four-day conference?
DATTCO, Inc. came up with the solution: a phalanx of new double-decker and 57-passenger buses.
On Wednesday through Sunday, Special Olympics Connecticut is hosting the 2009 Law Enforcement Torch Run International Conference. The Torch Run is Special Olympics’ single largest grassroots fund-raiser. More than 85,000 law enforcement officers carried the “Flame of Hope” around 50 states and 35 nations in 2008, raising awareness and more than $34 million to support the organization’s mission.
This year’s annual run in Connecticut before the summer games will take place in June, according to Laura Gremels-backer, vice president of communications, Connecticut Special Olympics.
This week’s Connecticut-based conference hosts event-planners from all 50 states, as well as Ireland, Australia, Poland, El Salvador, China, Chinese Taipei, Japan, Puerto Rico, Canada, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, and Venezuela. Participants will exchange ideas and provide inspiration for the coming year’s Torch Run.
“The selection of Connecticut as the site for this prestigious conference is an honor, and DATTCO is thrilled to be selected as the transportation partner for Special Olympics Connecticut,” said DATTCO President Don DeVivo. “It’s great to see events of this magnitude coming back to our region. Although the logistics of the transportation component are daunting, our Motorcoach Division is up to the chal-lenge.”
As Special Olympics Connecticut’s preferred transportation provider, DATTCO sponsors the Spe-cial Olympics and donates staff time to coordinate the logistics of this initiative.
Since 1969, Special Olympics Connecticut has been changing attitudes and lives through year-round sports training and athletic competitions for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. SOCT currently serves 11,146 athletes (with intellectual disabilities) and partners (without intellectual disabilities) from across the state. Athletes and partners compete in 21 different Olympic-type sports thanks to over 100 local coordinators, 900 coaches and 10,000 additional volunteers.
In addition to DATTCO, SOCT Partner Sponsors are Adams Hometown Markets/ IGA Hometown Supermarkets, Bob’s Stores, Guardian, Law Enforcement Torch Run, NBC 30, Northeast Utilities and United Technologies. SOCT Year-Round Suppliers are Adams Hometown Markets / IGA Hometown Supermarkets, The Coca-Cola Bottling Company of New England, Crystal Rock Water and Coffee Company, Guida’s Dairy, Marcus Communications, State of Connecticut Judicial Branch Community Service and The Worx Group.
Established in 1924, DATTCO is a family-owned, full-service transportation company based in New Britain. DATTCO maintains 19 additional office, terminal, and service facilities throughout the New England states. DATTCO’s operations are divided into three primary divisions: The School Bus Division, the Motorcoach Division, and the Sales & Service Division.
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Source: New Britain Herald, New Britain, Conn.