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Tri-Cities First Special Olympic "Breakfast with Champions."

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Special Olympics held their first annual "Breakfast With Champions" in the Tri-cities.

It's a fundraising breakfast for the organization.   KNDU's Tim Adams was the Emcee.

Special Olympics has the event in Yakima every year for the past six years and thought the Tri-Cities would be just as giving.  Around 160 people showed up with their check books ready to sign.

Organizers say this means a lot for the Olympians.

"It means that they have the support from their local community. Hopefully not only will we have finacial dollars that come in, but most importantly we'll also have advocates that can tell the story and also maybe recruit volunteers and coaches that can play with our athletes."

Even though Special Olympics is an international program, all the money donated to the Tri-cites or Yakima offices goes towards the local program.

Retired NFL Refree Jim Tunney was the key note speaker.  He refereed for 31 years and worked at 3 superbowls.  He's been involved with Special olympics for the past 33 years.  Hear  more about Jim Tunney on KNDU News at  5, 6 and 11 September 27th.