Pier del Sol "Goes Hawaiian" on the Santa Monica Pier to Benefit Special Olympics Southern California

Media Contacts

Brian Szczerbinski, brian@sosc.org, 562.354.2601, cell 562.686.5997
Kim Pine, kpine@sosc.org, 562.354.2611, cell 562.221.3787

Santa Monica, Calif., Sept. 30, 2010 – Special Olympics Southern California is celebrating its 14th Annual Pier Del Sol event at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier on Oct. 10. This year's "Hawaiian Paradise" theme includes spectacular cuisine from over 35 of LA's top restaurants, hula lessons, Hawaiian dancers, live tropical music, rides and games. Along with other celebrities and sports figures, California's First Lady, Maria Shriver, will be attending as the honorary chair. Participants can also enjoy a VIP brunch from L.A.'s top restaurants, including Melisse, Providence, Water Grill, Angelini Osteria and Spago. Unlimited Pacific Park rides and games are included in the price of admission.

This year's honoree is Tony Buzzelli, Vice Chairman and Regional Managing Partner of Deloitte LLP. With 39 years of outstanding service to the Deloitte organization and unwavering dedication to community service, he is recognized as a true leader with a giver's heart. Co-presenting sponsors are Disney, JAKKS Pacific, Wells Fargo and Westfield.

Since 1997, Pier del Sol has raised almost $5 million, benefiting and changing the lives of more than 13,000 Special Olympic Southern California athletes. SOSC Board Member Anita Green joined with Maria Shriver to establish Pier del Sol as a family-focused day of fun and entertainment while raising funds for Special Olympics programs.

"With every year proving better than the last, we hope that the community will once again surpass our expectations, continuing to join together and enjoy the wonderful food and games at the Santa Monica Pier," said Bill Shumard, President and CEO of Special Olympics Southern California. "Pier del Sol is a day that the whole family can enjoy, while giving back to the community and our Special Olympic athletes."

General Admission tickets are $45 and include unlimited rides, 8 game booth tickets & a meal coupon for Pacific Park's Food Plaza. VIP Coaster Tickets are $150 per ticket and include an amazing VIP Brunch with over 35 restaurants, plus unlimited rides and 10 game tickets. VIP Coaster Package of 5 tickets is available for $500. Child's VIP tickets are $50 (ages 5-12, available at door only). For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit www.sosc.org/pierdelsol or call 562.502.1038.

For media credentials, please contact Brian Szczerbinski, brian@sosc.org. Media parking is available in lot 1550, just north of the Santa Monica Pier.

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