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Special Olympic Gala Raises More Than $200,000

Local celebs and VIPs enjoyed an evening filled with gourmet food, a silent auction and live entertainment. Several awards were given out to Special Olympic athletes, coaches and volunteers, including “Athlete of the Year” and “Coach of the Year.” 

Special Olympic Gala Raises More Than $200,000

This Saturday, October 6, the red carpet rolled out for Special Olympic Florida’s Annual Champion’s Gala held at the Four Seasons Resort at Walt Disney World Orlando. Local celebs and VIPs enjoyed an evening filled with gourmet food, a silent auction and live entertainment. Several awards were given out to Special Olympic athletes, coaches and volunteers, including “Athlete of the Year” and “Coach of the Year.”

  • Aaron Gordon (Magic Player) and Dakota Gonzalez (former college basketball player turned social media star)
    Aaron Gordon (Magic Player) and Dakota Gonzalez (former college basketball player turned social media star)
  • Donald Singleton (Special Olympics FL “Athlete of the Year”) and Johnny Damon (All Star MLB Player – 2 World Series)
    Donald Singleton (Special Olympics FL “Athlete of the Year”) and Johnny Damon (All Star MLB Player – 2 World Series)
  • Sisaundra Lewis (NBC‘s The Voice Finalist)
    Sisaundra Lewis (NBC‘s The Voice Finalist)
  • Raja Bell (former NBA star) and Mike Cohen (Special Olympics FL “Coach of the Year”)
    Raja Bell (former NBA star) and Mike Cohen (Special Olympics FL “Coach of the Year”)
  • Sherry Wheelock (President/CEO Special Olympics FL), Ann Costello (Executive Director, The Golisano Foundation), and Berit Amlie, Chief Administrative Officer Special Olympics FL)
    Sherry Wheelock (President/CEO Special Olympics FL), Ann Costello (Executive Director, The Golisano Foundation), and Berit Amlie, Chief Administrative Officer Special Olympics FL)
  • Local law enforcement honored at the Gala
    Local law enforcement honored at the Gala

All proceeds raised benefit Special Olympics Florida, an organization dedicated to providing year-round training and athletic programs to more than 48,000 athletes across the state of Florida. To learn more about Special Olympics Florida, visit specialolympicsflorida.org.

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Lyndsay Fogarty Lyndsay Fogarty has had many roles at Central Florida Lifestyle, working her way from intern to contributing writer to managing editor. She is a graduate of the University of Central Florida’s Nicholson School of Communication where she earned her degree in journalism. Along the way, she has learned that teamwork and dedication to your craft will get you far, and a positive outlook on the present will get you even farther.

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