2017 Event Honoree
Mary Ann Powell & Pacific Park

Mary Ann Powell has spent more than 20 years elevating Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier to new heights. As the Chief Executive Officer and owner of Santa Monica Amusements, Mary Ann understands and respects Pacific Park’s important role within the community, and as such aligned with Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) in 1997 with the launch of Pier del Sol.

In 2008, she led a one-of-a-kind eBay auction of Pacific Park’s original Ferris wheel, netting $65,000 for SOSC, and in 2012 joined Southern California Law Enforcement to raise awareness and funds for SOSC while setting a new Guinness World Records title on Pacific Park’s famous Ferris wheel.

In addition to SOSC, where Mary Ann has been a Board member since 2010, she has worked diligently with a number of local Santa Monica organizations including the Convention & Visitors Bureau, Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, History Museum, Police Activities League and Make-A-Wish Foundation.