The Special Olympics’ main fundraiser of the year is coming up in a week and a half, and as with every year, high wattage kitchen star power is showing up with world-class bites for the VIP brunch taking place on the historic and scenic Santa Monica Pier at Pacific Park.
This year, they’re “going Hollywood” – the theme for the event. Chefs include Josiah Citrin of Mélisse, Michael Cimarusti of Providence and Connie and Ted’s, Alain Giraud of Maison Giraud, Gino Angelini of Angelini Osteria, David Lefevre of M.B. Post, Joe Miller of Joe’s, Brooke Williamson and Nick Roberts of Hudson House and The Tripel, Della Gossett of Spago, Wonny Lee & Yoya Takahashi of Hamasaku, Tony Esnault of Church & State, Philip Pretty of Fundamental LA, and Raphael Lunetta of JiRaffe.
Thirty-five restaurants in all are represented, and you’ll have to purchase a VIP ticket to partake in this special brunch. Gather five people and you’ll save $50 per person (at $500), which is well worth it.
The price of your admission, VIP or GA, goes to a great cause: Support of 7,000 athletes competing in the Special Olympics World Games taking place right here in Los Angeles, and year-round sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them empowerment, joy, and improved health.
With your VIP or General Admission ticket, you’ll get access to unlimited rides at Pacific Park as well as 12 or 8 game tickets. Bid on silent auction packages, enjoy arts, crafts and even karaoke. You can also expect to see celebrities, with Maria and Bobby Shriver serving as honorary chairs. Since 1997, Pier del Sol has raised nearly $8 million, benefiting and changing the lives of more than 17,000 Special Olympic Southern California athletes.
I’ll see you on the Pier on Sunday, October 12th!