Special Olympics Cheyenne named first charity of this Thankful Thursday season

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (KGWN) Thankful Thursday is returning for its 10th year and 20th season on Thursday, Sept. 5 and is closing in on a huge milestone. The kickoff charity for this season is Special Olympics of Cheyenne. Attendees can expect live auctions, raffles, and this week there will be a nacho bar.

“We’re getting close to the $1.9 million for local charities right here in Cheyenne and it is so exciting for all of the businesses to come together, sponsor it, and support it,” said Alf, Founder of Thankful Thursday. “It’s going to be our 251st Thankful Thursday since I started it back in 2010. It feels good in your heart to give back to the community and help out a lot of different charities.”

The athletes have been preparing for their fall tournament with the addition of bocce ball into the mix of sports. All proceeds from Thankful Thursday will go to Special Olympics Cheyenne and the athletes are ready to motivate anyone considering joining the team.

“I would encourage them to do it and see if they would like it first,” said one athlete. “At first, if they don’t, I would go ‘Just keep going, you’ve got this, you’re amazing, you can do it, you can do it, you can do it.’”

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. with the official event starting at 6 p.m. at the AmVets Post 10 located at 3839 E. Lincolnway in Cheyenne.