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March 22, 2011

Colgate’s ‘Thunder’ lot will benefit Special Olympics

More of the property will be available for firework show’s parking this year

CLARKSVILLE — New owners of the old Colgate-Palmolive Co. plant in Clarksville and the Midwest Center for Foreign Investment are teaming up for a good cause.

A percentage of the money raised from parking at the shuttered plant during Thunder Over Louisville will benefit Special Olympics Clark County. This year will be the first in which the entire Colgate facility is open for public parking during the April 16 fireworks show.

The lot will open at 3 p.m. April 15 for overnight RV parking. It will be open to passenger vehicles starting at 4 a.m. the day of the show. Cars, trucks and sport utility vehicles will not be permitted to stay overnight.

The Clarksville town council worked with plant owners in creating the partnership, a release from Special Olympics says.

Special Olympics is a nonprofit organization that provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics Clark County has 126 athletes and 57 unified partners that participate in 11 sports throughout the year.

Advance reservations for parking are being taken until April 8 at 812-285-0123. Individuals may also include a direct donation to Special Olympics Clark County with their reservation. It’s unclear exactly how much of a percentage is going to Special Olympics. A request for comment on that question was not returned by press time. For more information about Special Olympics Indiana, soindiana.org.

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