The 11th Annual Special Olympics Summer Social Gala, which took place at Marquee on August 10th, was a great success! Over 500 affluent New Yorkers attended this evening party in order to support the athletes of Special Olympics New York,.
Children and adults living with disabilities face isolation and even poverty. The Special Olympics not only plays a role in erasing these kinds of barriers, but also letting people know that they’re just like us. By being given equal footing with able-bodied people, the athletes in the Special Olympics have opportunities to develop their talents and gain recognition in more than 200 athletic competitions, which are all supported by the Special Olympics New York. With their funds, over 68,000 athletes can train and participate in the competition with no cost.
For charity-minded young professionals, sets by DJ Luther Riggs, heated the dance floor, while an open bar, offering many options from fine cocktails, wines, and craft brews, was endlessly flowing for all the guests. Afterward, the electronic violin performance by Timothee Lovelock rocketed up the vibe until it the end of the night.
People also had a chance to meet the Special Olympics heroes in person. Wearing their medals, athletes complied cheerfully with requests to pose for photographs, and also didn’t hesitate to join others on the dance floor. At the end of the event, a meaningful speech by Danny Davila, Special Olympics World Games Athlete, was given.
The same as last year, there was a silent auction, with all prizes donated from top brands, including Tiffany & Co., Flywheel, getaways to the Monarch Beach Resort, a stay at the Diamond Hotel (NYC/Palm Beach), Yankees tickets, and so much more. All the money raised from ticket sales and the auction went towards raising funds for the athletes.
James Tang, Adam Merino, Taylor Burns and Joe Stewart made their appearance to announce the result of fund-raising. Compared to the original goal of $7,500, the final total was much higher, at $11,630. When the record breaking total was announced, Special Olympics stars and guests restarted dancing wildly, and Timothee Lovelock once again performed the electronic violin in honor of the moment!
Over 10 sponsors and numerous donors made this amazing night. For information or to donate to Special Olympics New York please visit: http://specialolympics-ny.org/
Special Thanks to Kaitlin
Photo Credit: Casey O'Connor from Casey O'Connor Photography and Patrick McMullen