Feel the pride of a champion! Don’t forget to vote for Special Olympics every day through August 26. You can make the difference and it only takes 2 seconds! Click the picture to vote!
Just a few days left to vote for Special Olympics to become one of five charitable partners in the 2012 Subaru “Share the Love” event. Voting ends August 26 and we need your help to be in the top two so we can participate in the Subaru “Share the Love” event later this year. Don’t forget you can vote every day! Last year, Special Olympics received $613,536 as part of this program. Vote now to help support our athletes! You DO NOT have to have a Facebook account to vote.
Thank you to all of those who came out the Hammond Blues and BBQ Challenge to support Special Olympics Louisiana this past weekend. Total money raised and pictures to come via our Facebook page.
Special Olympics Louisiana’s Maria Sanchez remarks, “We were so pleasantly surprised by the number of people that came out to support our charity and enjoy the wonderful weather and food. Next year will be the 10th year of the Blues and BBQ Challenge which we are hoping will be the biggest year yet!”
Local newspaper, the Hammond Daily Star, ran a nice article about the entire event. It stated: “…The Piggly Wiggly People’s Choice alone garnered $11,349…”. “It turned out to be very profitable,” event coordinator Cindy Shannon said of the competition….”. “…The 66 teams in the Walmart Backyard Boogie competition ranged from local Hammond businesses, to teams of relatives and neighbors, to groups from Covington and Mandeville…”. Read the full article
Recently I read an article written by Sarah Palin about some of the challenges she has raising her son born with Down Syndrome. Many of you are acutely aware of these challenges. Some of you may not have a child with special needs and have challenges of your own with your kids. Some of you may not have children and have come to love people with special needs through Special Olympics. Read the Palin article at the link below. It is my desire that Special Olympics LA can give each athlete a reason to “applaud” each day. Motivate your kids or athletes to “applaud” the day. In the face of adversity, what would your bumper sticker read?
– Pat Carpenter Bourgeois, President and CEO of Special Olympics Louisiana