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Special Olympics Southern California invites public to support local athletes by attending benefit at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

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SIMI VALLEY, Calif. - Dec. 4, 2018 - eTradeWire -- Families and residents of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties are invited by Special Olympics Southern California to a special evening in the spirit of giving and holiday celebration!

Around the world, Special Olympics celebrates its 50th anniversary of the Inclusion Revolution, a global movement to break down barriers of unity, tolerance, and respect for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

In SoCal, Special Olympics Southern California ignites Inspire the Light, a benefit for local Special Olympics athletes to be held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Dec. 14 from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

Inspire the Light will be a family-friendly evening with ceremonial lighting of the Special Olympics Eternal Flame of Hope, wine reception, dinner, and silent auction under the wings of Air Force One, where partners in local law enforcement will feature special vehicles.

All proceeds from Inspire the Light benefit local Special Olympics athletes and programs.

"The Ventura County Regional Leadership Council of SOSC and our partners have planned a beautiful evening where everyone in the community can gather around the mission of Special Olympics' passion for inclusion and opportunity for people with intellectual disabilities," said Inspire the Light Chair, Kimberly Alsabery.

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"We welcome the community's support of our local Special Olympics athletes and their families by enjoying a lively evening of holiday lights at our community's local educational treasure, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library."

Event attendance includes exclusive after-hours access to exhibits including Air Force One Pavilion, Christmas Tree Display, Pompeii Exhibit and the Library's first annual Holiday Lights Exhibit.

Local organizations and businesses have generously donated items to the silent auction including:
  • Tickets to the Elton John Farewell Yellow Brick Road final tour
  • Force option simulator and lunch with Sheriff Bill Ayub
  • Sunland Vintage Winery wine tasting experiences
  • Autographed Charger football signed by cornerback Casey Hayward
  • Golf at Sherwood Country Club
  • LAPD police helicopter ride
  • Portrait session with Bradford photography and stay at Balboa Bay resort
  • LA Kings tickets and signed memorabilia

The fine dinner menu boasts:
  • A selection of local wines and beers
  • Spinach and feta spanakopita
  • Zinfandel braised short ribs with mini chive potato pancake and rosemary creme fraiche
  • Ahi tartare taco with shaved cucumber, spicy citrus aioli, black sesame, cilantro and wonton shell
  • Duck confit quesadilla
  • Brief onion escabeche with grape salsa
  • Petite chicken and veggie pot pie
  • Carved-to-order top sirloin sandwich with caramelized onion and creamy horseradish


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The ticket price is $150 and includes premium parking. Please purchase tickets in advance by visiting https://inspirethelight.eventbrite.com.

The Regional Leadership Council of Ventura Country also welcomes in-kind donation or event sponsorship. For more information about the full range of sponsorship opportunities, please inquire.

Inspire the Light is presented by Special Olympics Southern California Regional Leadership Council of Ventura Country with support by the Ventura County Sheriff, San Fernando Valley Police Department, and Los Angeles Police Department.

The presenting sponsor of Inspire the Light is Tom Stevens. Event sponsors proudly include: Los Angeles Kings, Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa, Stonefire Grill, Camarillo Flower Shop, The Landing Grill & Sushi Bar, Boccaccio's Restaurant, and Bradford Photography.

Views and opinions expressed by Special Olympics Southern California are not necessarily shared by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Foundation.

Media Contact
Virginia Nussey, Social Media Chair
Regional Leadership Council Ventura County
/email-contact.htm#12743354">soscinspirethelight@gmail.com


Source: Special Olympics Southern California Ventura RLC

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