2019 Event Honorees

Kaiser Permanente

Inspiration Award

The Inspiration Award recognizes and celebrates a person, people, or organization that best exemplifies the vision of Special Olympics Southern California and is committed to the pursuit of promoting acceptance, inclusion, and well‐being for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Kaiser Permanente is the Official Health Partner for Special Olympics Southern California. They are committed to helping shape the future of health care. Kaiser Permanente is recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. Kaiser Permanente currently serve 12.3 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Their expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. https://about.kaiserpermanente.org/

Jeff and Wendy Krieger

Humanitarian Award

Jeff and Wendy Krieger have been volunteer leaders for Special Olympics since 2001. They were first introduced to Special Olympics when Jeff won a silent auction item that included lunch with SOSC’s founder, Rafer Johnson, and a signed copy of his autobiography. After attending the Summer Games, Jeff was invited to join the Board of Directors. Since then, he has been on the Board of Directors for over 16 years, and served as Chairman of the Board from 2016 to 2018. As a partner at the law firm of Greenberg Glusker, his firm has been a Pier Del Sol sponsor since 2001 and advises SOSC on a variety of matters on a pro bono basis.

Wendy’s support began in 2004 after attending a Pier del Sol event as a guest. She then signed on to the organizing committee, co-leading the toys and games sub-committee annually. She has also participated in and organized a team for every We Run the City race (Go Bruins!). Wendy, the Director of Talent and Organizational Development at Kinecta Federal Credit Union, has provided professional support as a program facilitator and guest speaker for SOSC staff conferences. Jeff and Wendy also had the opportunity to lobby members of Congress on behalf of SOSC at the 2018 Capitol Hill Day.

Their children, Deborah and Ben, both have volunteered at Pier del Sol as toy sorters. Deborah enjoyed several years working the Whac-A-Mole game during the event. Ben became a youth ambassador, serving as co-chair of the SOSC Youth Activation Committee. Ben also volunteered at the World Summer Games in Los Angeles, and facilitated an “End the R-word Campaign”. The Krieger Family even attended the World Winter Games in Austria in 2017!

Jeff and Wendy express their generosity with other organizations as well. Wendy has supported the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America and Connecting to Cure Crohn's and Colitis by completing two sprint distance triathlons and two charity half marathons. Jeff has served on the Board of Directors for Maccabi USA since 1999. They also support The Israel Tennis and Education Center. Both are also active in alumni functions for their alma mater, Swarthmore College. They also recently had the chance to participate in a Greenberg Glusker Habitat for Humanity Day and can’t wait to go back!

Jeff and Wendy are extremely honored and humbled to accept this inaugural Pier del Sol Humanitarian Award and dedicate it to the athletes and staff of Special Olympics Southern California.