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Special Olympics Fundraiser



Join the Special Olympics and IMA Hero™ for a fun-filled, thrilling day of celebrities, game booths, a silent auction, delicious food, and dancing at this year's Pier del Sol fundraiser for athletes served by the Special Olympics Southern California.

Just some of the Celebrity-Signed IMA Hero™ Bears featured in the Special Olympics Silent Auction (from left to right): A Tony Gwynn-Ben Franklin, a Robin Ventura-Thomas Alva Edison, a Ray Romano-Bard of Avon, a Senator Edward M. Kennedy-Florence Nightingale, and a Doug Flutie-Galileo. Find out more about the

Every donation supports year-round programs of sports training and competitions which make a positive impact on more than 10,000 children and adults in eleven Southern California counties. Remember, Special Olympics Southern California, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and your contributions are tax-deductible as permitted by law.

Be a part of this important event, and make a difference in the world.


Who: Public, families, corporate sponsors, and celebrities are welcome to join this important event

What: Special Olympics Southern California's fifth annual Pier del Sol Fundraiser

When: Sunday, October 21, 2001, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Where: Pacific Park on the historic Santa Monica Pier, in Santa Monica, California

Why: Have fun and support over 10,000 athletes served by the Special Olympics Southern California

Silent Auction:
Join the Silent Auction booth for your chance to walk away with autographed memorabilia signed by:

Tiger Woods
Andre Agassi
Tony Gwynn (San Diego Padres, future Hall of Famer who retires this year)*
Robin Ventura (New York Mets)*
Doug Flutie (San Diego Chargers)*
Senator Edward M. Kennedy*
Cast of "Everybody Loves Raymond"*

* Personalized hang tags on the IMA Hero™ Teddy Bears. Up-Close view of Celebrity Signatures.

Swingin' at the Pier:
Dance away the day to the live music of "The Blue Rhythm Jazz Orchestra."

VIP Brunch:
Enjoy the delicious catered VIP Brunch by over twenty-five of Los Angeles' top restaurants including Melisse, The Sunset Room, Granita, and Spago Beverly Hills.

And so much more…

Tickets on Sale Now
Get more information on ticket packages and prices:
Web Site: Special Olympics Southern California
Tel: (310) 215-8380 x135

Here's some of the EXCITING items included in the SILENT AUCTION:

"Everybody Loves Raymond" Auction Package
4 V.I.P. tickets to a filming of the hit television show, "Everybody Loves Raymond," a script, two Season 2001-2002 hats, two t-shirts, an autographed-photo of the cast, and five IMA Hero™ Bears (Bard of Avon, Galileo, Florence Nightingale, Sacagawea, and Thomas Alva Edison) signed by the cast of "Everybody Loves Raymond:" Ray Romano (Raymond), Patricia Heaton (Debra), Brad Garrett (Robert), Doris Roberts (Marie), and Peter Boyle (Frank).

Tony Gwynn #19 • San Diego Padres
A complete set of IMA Hero™ Bears signed by baseball great and future Hall of Famer, Tony Gywnn. This is a particularly special package since Gwynn will retire at the end of the 2001 season. After 20 years in the Major Leagues, Gwynn won eight batting titles, made 16 All-Star appearances, has a .338 lifetime batting average, and hit over .300 for 19 consecutive seasons.

Do the bears appear to be well behaved? That's because they know the "camera's rolling." However, we also caught them goofin' off. Just roll-over the photo and watch them having fun!

Robin Ventura #4 • New York Mets
A complete set of IMA Hero™ Bears signed by New York Mets third baseman, Robin Ventura. The site of the Mets taking the field in the last few weeks of the 2001 season is something America will always remember as the team wore caps honoring the firefighters, policemen, and Port Authority of New York City. It was a wonderful showing of support and patriotism.

The bears regained their composure for this photo. Or did they? Roll-over the photo and see how bears will be bears!

Senator Edward M. Kennedy
This trio of IMA Hero™ Bears is honored to be the Collection's representives for the signature of Senator Edward M. Kennedy. Abe Lincoln was one of the most revered U.S. Presidents, Ben Franklin was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and Florence Nightingale was a strong leader in and advocate for health care reform. To make this an extra special value -- Eunice Kennedy Shriver (Senator Kennedy's sister) started the concept of the Special Olympics in 1963, and organized the First International Special Olympics Games at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois, in 1968.

Doug Flutie #7 • San Diego Chargers
This trio of IMA Hero™ Bears is signed by the veteran Quarterback Doug Flutie who is leading the San Diego Chargers to a much improved season in his first year with the team. Doug Flutie's interests and talents excell off the field as well. He and his wife, Laurie, established the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism in honor of their nine-year-old son, Doug, Jr., who was diagnosed with autism at age three.

OK, now you've seen the IMA Hero™ Bears and Auction Packages. Now get an Up-Close peek at the Celebrity Signatures (photos of hang tags are smaller than actual size):



Read more about the Pier del Sol Event.
Visit the Special Olympics Southern California Web Site.
Visit the Special Olympics Web Site.
Questions? Email us at info@imahero.com.

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