Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier will celebrate the Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games with an event to honor Special Olympics athletes, emergency response members and volunteers from 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday, June 9.

As part of the celebration, the Pacific Park Ferris wheel lights will change patterns to showcase Special Olympics colors throughout the Summer Games, being held Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12 at California State University-Long Beach.

Pacific Park will show appreciation to emergency response members during the event by providing each member who presents their badge or identification with up to four free tickets for unlimited rides throughout the park. All other guests may purchase an unlimited ride pass for $10, which is a nearly 50 percent savings. All proceeds from the event will benefit Special Olympics Southern California.

“The Special Olympics Southern California organization and emergency responders represent the core values and commitments that Pacific Park strives for as a company and community participant,” said Jeff Klocke, director of marketing and sales at Pacific Park. “It’s a unique opportunity for us to work with the multi-talented athletes and the hundreds of volunteers that make up the Special Olympics family.”

Throughout this year’s Summer Games, Pacific Park will also host a booth to distribute up to 2,000 unlimited ride passes to participating coaches as an official “thank you” for their time and commitment.

“The creative use of (Pacific Park’s) iconic Ferris wheel to highlight their support of Special Olympics is awesome. Pacific Park ‘dreams big’ and their support enables individuals with intellectual disabilities to surpass their dreams as athletes at the Summer Games,” said Bill Shumard, president and CEO of Special Olympics Southern California.

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