Special Olympics Southern California Honors Pacific Park’s CEO Mary Ann Powell During 21st Annual ‘Pier Del Sol’
October 11th, 2017
The annual fundraising event featured more than 30 of Los Angeles’ top chefs and restaurants, entertainment, music, arts and crafts, games, and unlimited rides at Pacific Park
SANTA MONICA, Calif., (October 11, 2017) — Special Olympics Southern California honored Mary Ann Powell, Chief Executive Officer at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier, during the 21st Annual Pier Del Sol fundraising event at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier on Sunday, Oct. 8.
Powell has spent more than 20 years elevating Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier to new heights. As the CEO and owner of Santa Monica Amusements, Powell understands and respects Pacific Park’s important role within the community, and as such aligned with Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) in 1997 with the launch of Pier del Sol.
In 2008, she led a one-of-a-kind eBay auction of Pacific Park’s original Ferris wheel, netting $65,000 for SOSC, and in 2012 joined Southern California Law Enforcement to raise awareness and funds for SOSC while setting a new “Guinness World Records” title on Pacific Park’s famous Ferris wheel.
In addition to SOSC, where Powell has been a Board of Director since 2010, she has worked diligently with a number of local Santa Monica organizations including the Convention and Visitors Bureau, Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, History Museum, Police Activities League and Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Pier del Sol is an exciting and unique day of fun on the historic Santa Monica Pier and Pacific Park. At the only culinary festival fused with a backyard private amusement park experience, attendees can enjoy an exclusive VIP brunch featuring mouthwatering tastings from over 30 of L.A.’s top chefs and restaurants, entertainment, music, arts and crafts, games, and unlimited rides at Pacific Park. This year’s theme was “Oktoberfest,” where a beach top VIP Beer and Wine Garden enhanced guests’ culinary palette.
All proceeds from the annual Pier Del Sol event benefit the athletes of Special Olympics Southern California.
About Special Olympics Southern California
Special Olympics Southern California enriches the lives of people with intellectual disabilities through sports, health, and leadership programs. Through the power of sports, athletes become more independent, build self-esteem, and live healthier lives. They inspire people to open their hearts and create more accepting and inclusive communities. All Special Olympics programs are free to the athletes and their families. For more information, please visit http://www.sosc.org.
About Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier
Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier, LA’s only admission free amusement park, offers 12 amusement rides, 14 midway games, an oceanfront food plaza and beachside shopping. In addition to the Pacific Wheel solar-powered Ferris wheel, Pacific Park’s signature rides include The West Coaster, a steel roller coaster that races 55 feet above the Santa Monica Bay; and Inkie’s Air Lift Balloon Ride, the high-flying, family-sharing kids’ ride. For additional information and hours of operation, call 310-260-8744, visit www.pacpark.com, follow on Twitter: @pacpark and Like at Facebook: facebook.com/pacificpark.