The Special Olympics “Pier del Sol” Preview

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Gayle Anderson was in Santa Monica, where Special Olympics Southern California is holding its annual Pier Del Sol fundraiser, with title sponsors JAKKS Pacific toy company and Bui & Herb Simon Family Foundation October 13th at 10 a.m. on the Santa Monica Pier at Pacific Park.

This year’s event includes a VIP brunch with spectacular cuisine from nearly 35 of LA’s top restaurants, including Chef Josiah Citrin of Melisse, Chef Michael Cimarusti of Providence, Chef Gino Angelini of Angelini Osteria and Chef Alain Giraud of Maison Giraud.

General Admission tickets are $45 and include unlimited rides, eight game tickets, and a meal coupon for Pacific Park’s food plaza. VIP Tickets are $150 each or $500 for five, to include an amazing VIP Brunch prepared by LA’s top restaurants, unlimited rides, and 10 game tickets. Child VIP tickets are $50 (ages 5-12 and only available at the door).

The event will feature music, entertainment, all the rides and games of Pacific Park with game booth prizes provided exclusively by JAKKS Pacific, Inc., along with their EZ Pro D.J. booth that allows you to mix music like a pro, and more. Attendees will have their chance to win fabulous raffle and silent auction prize packages from shopping sprees to Foodies packages. Participants will also enjoy arts and crafts and karaoke.

At this year’s fundraiser, Special Olympics will honor Stephen Berman, President and CEO of JAKKS Pacific, Inc., one of the top five largest toy companies in America. He co-founded JAKKS in 1995 and has since worked tirelessly as an Ambassador to many of America’s greatest brands, including Disney, Nickelodeon, Nintendo, LucasArts, Cabbage Patch Kids, Black & Decker and Marvel to name a few. Throughout his career, Berman has been a dedicated corporate humanitarian, committed to paying it forward to help children and families in need. He has spearheaded a myriad of corporate philanthropic programs, and as a result of his personal passion to help children and make a difference in the lives of those in need, he created JAKKS Cares, the philanthropic division of JAKKS Pacific which aims to help children all over the world to smile, play and succeed.

Handfuls of celebrities and sports figures will visit the pier for the fundraiser, with Maria Shriver and Santa Monica councilman Bobby Shriver attending as honorary chairs. Since 1997, Pier del Sol has raised nearly $8 million, benefiting and changing the lives of more than 14,000 Special Olympic Southern California athletes.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or contact or 562.354.2605.


About Special Olympics Southern California: Special Olympics Southern California has been changing lives through the power of sport for more than 40 years. Special Olympics offers opportunities for children and adults with intellectual disabilities to participate in year-round sports training and competition. For more information about how to compete, volunteer, coach or donate to Special Olympics Southern California, visit