Special Olympics Southern California | Underwriters Reception at the Newport Beach Sports Museum
Guest of Honor Jim Abbott, Master of Ceremonies Ed Arnold
2011 Honorees Sara Thiel, Joann Waldron and Steve Bolton
Behind every non-profit organization are incredible folks who donate their time and talent. And the fuel that keeps organizations growing and going is the generosity of the underwriters. Underwriters is a fancy word for donors and sponsors. These fine people donate both their time and money to fund the events both large and small for the Southern California Special Olympics. Most of what the underwriters do is unseen. And they do it purely to give. Below you’ll see only a partial photographic folio of some of the underwriters and sponsors present at last nights reception.
Mr. Ed Arnold (anchor on KOCE and PBS), a seasoned journalist with a warm smile and a long relationship with the Southern California Special Olympics was the master of ceremonies last night. Mr. Arnold brought a warmth to the room as he deftly introduced honorees, acknowledged Special Olympics on Parade Honorees, athletes in attendance, Bill Shumard – President & CEO of SSOC and famed athlete – former California Angels pitcher guest of honor, Jim Abbott. Mr. Abbott’s keynote was heartfelt and funny with lots of great twists. Jim is an engaging speaker, and the audience was rapt the whole time. Jim is a motivational speaker and an Honorary Member of the Special Olympics Orange County Advisory Council.
Above: Person of the Year Joann Waldron with Ed Arnold.
Above: Betty Belden Palmer Award, Outstanding Athlete, Sara Theil.
Above: Ed Arnold, Anchor KOCE & PBS.
Above: Local sports legend and Motivational speaker Jim Abbott.
Above: Steve Bolton, The Knights of Columbus, Madeline Evans Humanitarian Award winner, with Ed Arnold.
Above and below the partial cast of underwriters and sponsors for the 2011 Special Olympics on Parade. Many more were in attendance.
Above: Global Messenger Joseph Gorin
Above: Jim Abbott
Above: David Armendariz, Regional Director SOOC.
Above: Bill Shumard, President & CEO, SOSC.
P.S. What a great night of fun and fund raising. The next big event for SOSC is at the Disney Hotel on April 17th. Get involved by donating your time or by donating your money. Either one works no matter how small.
P.P.S. Photography Notes: This was my first real world test with RadioPopper PX transmitter and receivers. The PX transmitter was coupled to my STE2 and the receivers were coupled to my 550EX Canon speed lights and the PX system worked flawlessly each and every time. The images above were photographed with a Canon Mark III, 24-70mm L 2.8 and a 70-200mm L 2.8 IS. It was so freeing to have my speed lights off camera the entire shoot and to be able to work the light from different angles, at any distance and be able to control it all on camera from my STE2, without being limited by line of sight infrared. The RadioPopper system works on radio frequencies and allowed me to shoot from anywhere in the room and even have my flashes on separate channels. I could independently turn on or turn off different speed lights located in different zones of the room from my STE2 with out ever needing to walk over and physically change settings on my speed lights. The only time I needed to touch my speed lights the entire night was to change the batteries in my flash once. With the PX system, I’m able to shoot ETTL (or Manual flash) in any camera mode, at any ISO and at any aperture. Even high speed synch. The RadioPopper system is built for Canon and Nikon flash systems. I’ll be reviewing the RadioPopper PX system in depth on this blog soon.
P.P.P.S. If you’re a sports fan, you owe it to yourself to pay a visit to the Newport Sport Museum at 100 Newport Center Drive, Suite 100, in Newport Beach, CA on the Fashion Island loop. It adjoined to the Bank of the West. Sports memorabilia abound from golf, football, hokey and baseball. Its free and a great trip back in sports history for all ages.
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