As they are nearing the end of an amazing week of fundraising for the Special Olympic World Games LA 2015, I met with one of the organizers of the campaign, Megan Furey, Marketing and Communications Manager. She told me that not only are they encouraging the businesses in Westwood Village to support by donating proceeds for the Special Olympics, but they’re also hosting a Torch Run. On July 24th, the day before opening ceremonies begin, the Olympic Torch will make it’s way through Westwood Village before it enters the campus of UCLA, where a large portion of games will be held. UCLA is also housing many of the Special Needs Athletes during the event.
Megan tells me that California Pizza Kitchen, Bella Pita, Michael K. Jewelers, Rocket Fizz, and Veggie Grill are just a few of the business’s participating in the fund raiser. Upon speaking with one store owner, Jasmine Termechi of Rocket Fizz Candy and Soda Shop, she is willing to extend the fundraiser to all those who bring a copy of this article or her flyer provided by the Westwood Village Improvement Association. Just print out this article or flyer from Megan, and for the Fridays leading up to the event, Jasmine will donate 20% of that purchase to the Special Olympics LA2015. Jasmine Termechi tells this reporter that she feels everyone deserves a chance to participate in such an event.
This Sunday, June 7th, the Veggie Grill at Westwood Village will go the extra mile – they will give 50% of their proceeds to the Special Olympics LA2015 if you bring the flyer provided by the Westwood Village Improvement Association or mention the fundraiser. The Westwood Village Veggie Grill located on 10916 Lindbrook Drive, Los Angels, CA. Those who participate will be delighted to know that their purchase is supporting the largest event of its magnitude since the 1984 Olympics. Through my journey covering the upcoming games, I am introducing some of the Real Heroes of our times. If you know of a Special Needs Athlete, Coach or Volunteer whom you feel should be honored, please let us know and we will be sure they are featured here on SpecialNeeds.com. Please contact, me, Robin Flutterby Borakove, World Correspondent for SpecialNeeds.com. Thanks and remember, “Heroes Are Real!”