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Blazent Celebrity Winterfest
Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe
100 Country Club Dr.
Incline Village, NV
March 13-15, 2015
The 18th annual Blazent Celebrity Winterfest® took place at the luxurious Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe and Diamond Peak Ski Resort. Celebrity Winterfest is a high-profile, event packed weekend that provides a unique opportunity for company team building, client development and fun head-to-head friendly competition between the participating organizations,
Companies and organizations sponsored a team of 8 skiers, plus 8 guests. Each team was paired with a Special Olympics Athlete and a Celebrity.
The weekend started on Friday evening with the festive NetScout Welcome Reception where corporate teams were introduced to their Special Olympics athlete and celebrity. Saturday the participants enjoyed some exciting toe-to-toe competition down the race course at Diamond Peak. The day ended with the Awards banquet and live auction, followed up on Sunday morning with the Polar Plungefest (an event you have to see to believe).
View Photos of the NetScout Welcome Reception
View Photos of the races at Diamond Peak
View Photos of the Awards Banquet
View Photos of the Polar Plungefest
Watch a video Recap of Race Day
Meet our 2015 Teams, Special Olympics Athletes & Celebrities!
Blazent (4 teams), NetScout, Tim Curry and Denise Lawson-Curry Family, Larry Garlick Family, Razorthink, Wente Vineyards
Our Special Olympics Athletes
Maggie Hernandez-Aust, Michael Cotter, Jacqui Gilpin, George Harris, Trevor Irwin, Jason Mullis, Jacob Price, Ryan Stewart, Philip Sturgeon, Stephen Zimmerman
Mike Buie, Laura Kai Chen, Tanya Clarke, Juliette Goodrich, Thyme Lewis, Frank Mallicoat, Kevin Railsback, John J. Vogel, Mika Boorem
All proceeds from this event directly benefited the growth of the Special Olympics Northern California and Nevada's Schools Partnership Program. In 2014-2015 over 7,150 K-12 special education students will train and compete in soccer, basketball and track & field. By participating in Special Olympics, athletes gain self-confidence and self-esteem that carries over into their every day lives, leading to greater academic success, improved interpersonal relationships and a positive school experience.
Not only do the special education students benefit from the program, but so do their non-disabled peers who serve as mentors and student coaches, promoting diversity and acceptance for everyone. To learn more about our Schools Partnership program and the impact it is making in our communities, visit Schools Partnership Program.
What the heck is Polar Plungefest?
Well there is no doubt about it, it is a crazy event, that is for sure. In fact, it helps to be just a tad crazy to do it. Basically people register online, set a fundraising goal and then email, family, friends and colleagues to support them. Then, here comes the crazy part, everyone jumps into Lake Tahoe, complete in costume! The event is open to the general public. People who don't want to plunge can still participate by registering as a chicken.
Sponsorship opportunities for 2016 are available. For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Kevin Reeds at KevinR@sonc.org or at 925-944-8801 ext. 226.