Last night, our friends at Special Olympics Area 11 threw their inaugural “Let’s TOGA for S.O.” toga party at downtown’s EVE at The B.O.B.
The 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games were held in Athens, Greece last summer. They are the only games in the world, where all participating athletes are Winners. Winners in their struggle for our respect in their diversity. Winners in their struggle for self-esteem. Winners in their struggle to defend their special abilities.
In keeping with this theme, “Let’s TOGA for Special Olympics!” The toga party incorporated all the fun aspects of Greek culture and, of course, the Olympics. The event was emceed by WZZM TV’s news anchor Juliet Dragos and WLAV’s Michelle McCormick.
Holy Trinity’s very own youth dancers donned traditional Grecian dress and performed some spectacular dances. Toward the end of the event Michelle McKormick led the live-auction of five local Special Olympic athlete-created fine art pieces. Clint Hull’s piece went for over $1000! Guests enjoyed Greek hors d’oevres, a Greek drink special ‘The Dirty Greek’ in which $1 from each drink was donated to Special Olympics.
SOMI Area 11 athletes created 23 masterpieces for the “Let’s TOGA for Special Olympics” fundraiser. Each piece was amazing in it’s own way. Events like these are made possible by involving sponsors. This year’s sponsors included: Great Design Plus, Lacks Enterprises, Pioneer Construction, Proos Manufacturing, WZZM 13, LAV-FM, Grand Rapids Yassou Greek Festival, The Gilmore Collection, West Michigan Caterer, Richard App Gallery, Stellafly, ADAC Automotive and Rent-Downtown.
Congratulations to the event organizers on a very successful first year!
For more information on how to get involved with Special Olympics of Michigan Area 11: