Special Olympics Southern California will kick off the 12th Annual Pier Del Sol “Pirate’s Cove” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, October 5th, at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier, where former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan will be honored.

Kids of all ages will enjoy a marine tide pool, games and unlimited rides as well as entertainment by roving pirates and Kapt. Kula’s Pyrat Band.

The public can purchase tickets that include a VIP brunch served by 35 restaurants, including Spago, Providence, The Belvedere, Melisse, Angelini Osteria/La Terza, Pinks, Valentino and the Water Grill.

Organizers say this event is Southern California’s largest fundraiser that benefits Special Olympics athletes. It was started by California’s First Lady and honorary chair, Maria Shriver, and Special Olympics board member, Anita Green.

“Special Olympics is one of the most recognized and respected nonprofit organizations in the world, and I am truly honored to be part of this wonderful event,” said Riordan.

Since its inaugural year, Pier del Sol has raised more than $4 million to benefit Special Olympics Southern California athletes.

Co-presenting sponsors are The Walt Disney Company, Wells Fargo Bank and Westfield.

“This event keeps getting better and better every year, and we hope the public will continue to come out and enjoy the wonderful cuisine and family atmosphere at the landmark Santa Monica Pier,” said Bill Shumard, president and chief executive officer of Special Olympics Southern California. “It’s also a great way to show your kids that giving back to the community can be a lot of fun too.”

Tickets are available at the gate, by calling Ticketmaster at (213) 480-3232, or online at www.ticketmaster.com/.

Individual VIP tickets, which include unlimited rides, Pacific Park games and VIP brunch, are $150 each or five for $500.

General admission tickets are $45 and include rides, eight game tickets and a meal voucher for Pacific Park’s Food Plaza.

Information, www.sosc.org/.

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