2017 Change for Champions



During July, Jewel-Osco is relaunching its’ at-register fundraising campaign through the “Making Change” donation program called “Change for Champions” to support the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois. The program runs July 1-31 at 187 Jewel-Osco locations throughout Illinois and customers will be encouraged to make a $1, $3, or $5 donation when they check out.

This year’s “Change for Champions” campaign features Allyson Houser as Jewel-Osco’s “Change for Champions” Ambassador. Allyson is a Special Olympics Illinois athlete and employee of Jewel-Osco.  This year, Allyson will be celebrating 16 years with Jewel-Osco at the Palatine location (423 E. Dundee Rd.). Allyson is a sweet and loving person whom cares very much for her co-workers and is outstanding with the Jewel-Osco customers. She volunteers annually for the Special Leisure Services Foundation and also models in their fashion show. The fundraising event provides opportunities through recreation for children and adults with disabilities as well as partnerships with 17 northwest suburban park districts.  Allyson has continuously competed in Special Olympics competitions and has many medals to show for it.

“Change for Champions marks the fourth time Jewel-Osco has partnered with Special Olympics Illinois on this specific fundraising campaign,” said Doug Cygan, President of Jewel-Osco. “We could not be more proud of Jewel-Osco Associate Allyson Houser and the relationship we have with the organization.”

In addition to the “Change for Champions” campaign, Jewel is the presenting sponsor for the 12th Annual Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby. Over the last 11 years, this event has become a favorite Chicago summertime event, raising over $350,000 for the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois. This summer Jewel-Osco also sponsored Summer Games in Normal where nearly 4,000 athletes compete over three days in track and field, aquatics, gymnastics, powerlifting, soccer, and bocce.

“We are extremely grateful for the support Jewel-Osco has shown Special Olympics Illinois as well our athletes,” said Dave Breen, President & CEO of Special Olympics Illinois. “In addition to its fundraising efforts, Jewel-Osco provides jobs for many Special Olympics athletes throughout Illinois, giving them the ability to learn valuable life skills and be productive members of their communities.”