Cavender’s Summer Special Olympics Texas Fundraiser Exceeds Expectations


Cavender’s Summer Special Olympics Texas Fundraiser Exceeds Expectations  
AUSTIN, TEXAS  –  During all of July, Cavender’s sold paper torches at each of its Texas stores in support for Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) athletes.  Available in 1, 5 or 10 dollar options, these torches were personalized with the donor's name (or the name of the person the donor was honoring) and hung throughout the stores.

“After years of successful engagement with Cavender's, we were beyond thrilled to team up, once again, for a 2019 initiative.  We exceeded last year's fundraising, raising a total of $28,087!  We give our thanks to the wonderful staff of Cavender's across Texas, as well as LETR members and SOTX athletes,” said Miguel Quezada, Chief Development Officer for Special Olympics Texas. 

Dozens of SOTX athletes and LETR members joined stores across the state of Texas during a day celebrating this annual fundraiser.  The cowboy boot and western wear retailer has been a generous supporter of SOTX since 2015 and has raised nearly $68,000 over 4 years, not counting 2019's final fundraising numbers.  Funds raised will go toward providing quality sports competition and training for more than 58,800 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in the state.
The exciting Paper Torch in-store promotion is not all Cavender's does for SOTX.  In Brazos County, Cavender’s has been the presenting sponsor for SOTX’s statewide Equestrian Competition for many years, which is held each summer.
About Cavender’s History 
Cavender’s is a family owned and operated retailer out of Tyler, Texas with 80 stores located across 11 states. Cavender’s is truly a family operation, with Joe, Mike and Clay Cavender involved in the day-to-day operations. The family lives the western lifestyle, operating five working ranches in Texas with registered Brangus and Charolais cattle.
Founder, James R. Cavender (March 22, 1931-May 29, 2018)  
James Cavender was a pioneer, businessman, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather; he was never one for the spotlight and hard work was always his motivation and end goal but from that work, came deep-rooted relationships and loyalty. His work ethic has seeped into the heart of Cavender’s as a company and as a family. He was a Texas legend and an icon in the western wear world- he will never be forgotten. 
For more information, contact Jennifer Green at (903) 714-8045, or visit For more information about Cavender’s Ranches or cattle purchases, contact the ranch headquarters at 903-876-3360

About Special Olympics Texas
Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) is a privately funded non-profit organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect.  SOTX provides continuing opportunities for more than 58,800 children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the Lone Star State to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship.  To learn more, visit or call 800.876.5646.  Engage with us on: Twitter @SOTexas;;