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By B.W. Cook | June 5, 2008
The sixth annual Orange County Special Olympics “Olympians on Parade” welcomed close to 500 guests at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa. They came to honor Betty Belden Palmer , who died earlier this year following a courageous battle with cancer. Co-chaired by Joann Waldron and Alison Norris , the emotional evening netted $300,000 to support the athletes sponsored by the Orange County arm of Special Olympics Southern California. “It all started because of you,” began the tribute to the late Belden Palmer.
May 7, 2005
B.W. COOK Organizers of the Orange County Special Olympics reported that a recent gala dinner event has netted $180,000 to date. Event chairman Betty Belden Palmer, one of Orange County's most dedicated philanthropists, shared that expectations are running high for Special Olympics to top $200,000 in donations when all the funds are tallied. The third annual celebration dinner, entitled "Olympians On Parade," attracted some 450 guests to the Disneyland Hotel recently for an evening of dining, dancing and honoring gifted athletes with special circumstances living in the Orange County community.
January 14, 2002
Bryce Alderton Sweat dripped from their bright red faces as they walked off the floor, but that wasn't all their faces showed. Smiles gleamed across the brows of 400 athletes from the Special Olympics Southern California region who gathered in Corona del Mar High School's gym on Sunday for the first Orange County Region Floor Hockey tournament. The tournament served as a qualifier for the 75-team Southern California Championships to be held in February in San Diego.
By B.W. COOK | April 1, 2006
The fourth annual celebration of "Olympians on Parade," a benefit for Special Olympics Orange County, was presented March 17 at the Disneyland Hotel Grand Ballroom in Anaheim. Attracting some 500 guests, including a major contingent of Newport-Mesans, the evening honored the outstanding achievement of both U.S. Olympians and Special Olympics athletes. The highlight of the event was the Parade of Champions, in which athletes entered the ballroom in a procession that brought cheers and tears from the large crowd.
July 31, 2003
The Cure Parkinson's Program has joined forces with the World Team Tennis Newport Beach franchise known as the Breakers. At a celebrity match starring John McEnroe held at the Palisades Tennis Club in Newport Beach, a formal announcement of this united front was made public The program, a national charitable organization based in Newport Beach, was founded by sports marketing guru Jim Warsaw, who suffers from Parkinson's,...
April 17, 2004
B.W. COOK It wasn't just another charity event. "Olympians on Parade," a special evening that welcomed 500 distinguished local citizens, paid tribute to U.S. Olympic athletes, with the overall purpose to shine the spotlight on Special Olympic athletes from Orange County. Founded in 1968 in the United States by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, "Special Olympics has now become the largest amateur sports organization in the world with over 160 countries providing athletic training and competition to over one million children and adults with mental retardation," Jan Lanstrom of Newport Beach said.
September 26, 2012
California state code will no longer call people "mentally retarded" or refer to "mental retardation" once a new law Gov. Jerry Brown signed Saturday goes into effect. Those terms will be replaced with references to "intellectual disability. " Assemblyman Allan Mansoor (R-Costa Mesa) authored AB 2370, known as the Shriver R-Word Act. It was named after Dr. Timothy Shriver, chairman and chief executive of the Special Olympics, according to a press release from Mansoor's office. It was intended to "recognize the Shriver family's longstanding commitment and hard-work with the intellectually disabled community.
August 28, 2012
A bill proposed by Assemblyman Allan Mansoor (R-Costa Mesa) that would change the term "mentally retarded" to "intellectually disabled" in state codes is headed to the governor's desk for approval. Assembly Bill 2370, or the "Shriver R-Word Act," would also change "mental retardation" to "intellectual disability. " The law is named on behalf of the Shriver political family, which has supported the intellectually disabled community for generations. The late Eunice Kennedy Shriver, President Kennedy's sister, founded the Special Olympics.
By Beth Collins, Special to the Daily Pilot | March 29, 2013
The Estancia High School football program helped an alumna move this month. Tammy Gavel, a Costa Mesa resident and Special Olympics gold medal winner who graduated from Estancia in 1978, needed help moving from one apartment to another that was five miles away. Her parents are 74 years old and couldn't help. So Estancia football Coach Mike Bargas and Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger took an opportunity to teach the football players about volunteering. The players met at the E-Football Training Center at 9 a.m. March 16 to start the day with doughnuts, orange juice and muscles.
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