YOUTHS TAKE PART in a performance at last year’s Pier del Sol in Santa Monica, a fundraiser for Special Olympics Southern California.

Special Olympics Southern California will hold its annual Pier del Sol fundraiser beginning at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 14 at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier.
With the theme, “Stars ’N Stripes on the Pier,” this year’s event includes a VIP brunch featuring more than 35 of Los Angeles’ top restaurants.
A new addition this year is a prize drawing where attendees will have the chance to win 12 different prize packages, from vacations to shopping sprees to “foodies” packages.
Other activities will include arts and crafts; karaoke; entertainment from square dancers and barbershop quartets; and access to all the rides and games at Pacific Park.
“Pier del Sol is a day that the whole family can enjoy, while giving back to the community and our Special Olympics athletes,” said Bill Shumard, president and CEO of Special Olympics Southern California. “Each year this event gets better and we hope the public will continue to come out and enjoy the wonderful cuisine, live music, and games on the historic Santa Monica Pier at Pacific Park.”
As part of this year’s fundraiser, Special Olympics will honor Barry and Nancy Sanders for their civic leadership. Barry Sanders is president of the Board of Commissioners of the city of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, and is on the Board of Commissioners of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. He is an adjunct professor of communications studies at UCLA and has also served as a director of Special Olympics Southern California as well as on the Board of Special Olympics World Summer Games–Los Angeles 2015.
Nancy Sanders serves on the boards of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She has served as president of the Art Museum Council of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as well as president of the Planned Parenthood Guild. Additionally, she has held board positions with The NPR Foundation, the Curtis School, the Joffrey Ballet, the UCLA Art Council, the Children’s Bureau of Los Angeles and LA’s Best.
“The Sanders have contributed to our movement over and over,” said Shumard. “They are an amazing duo, very compassionate and caring for our athletes. Their support doesn’t go unnoticed.”
General admission tickets are $45 and include unlimited rides, eight game tickets, and a meal coupon for Pacific Park’s food plaza. VIP Coaster Tickets are $150 each or $500 for five tickets and includes a VIP brunch, unlimited rides, and 10 game tickets. Child VIP tickets are $50 (ages 5-12 and only available at the door).