Wood County Special Olympics to host 26th annual dinner and fundraiser


Wood County Special Olympics will hold its 26th annual dinner and fundraiser in support of our Wood County Wildcats on Nov. 3, at Glass City Boardwalk, from 6-10 p.m.

This year, the fundraiser will be reverse raffle with the chance to win a $10,000 grand prize.

Glass City Boardwalk is located at 27820 E. Broadway St. in Walbridge.

Tickets are on sale now. The purchase of a reverse raffle ticket is $100 and includes one dinner. Free soda and beer are included, chance games will be available, and a cash bar is also provided. Purchase tickets by Sept. 1 to be entered into a presale drawing for three chances to win $100.

All proceeds from the dinner and reverse raffle fundraiser will support the Wood County Special Olympics Program in purchasing new equipment and uniforms, registration fees, travel and lodging, facility rentals, officials, fuels costs, and more. It even allows the opportunity for growth and expansion of programs and available sports offered.

There are several sponsorship opportunities available this year. If you would like to become a sponsor you may visit our website at https://www.woodcountydd.org/special-olympics or you may email: [email protected].

Jen Krouse, Wood County Special Olympics local coordinator says, “By supporting Wood County Special Olympics, it allows athletes with developmental and intellectual disabilities to discover their strengths and abilities, while building their self-confidence. The contributions of our community and those beyond allow participants to develop friendships and experience what it means to compete and achieve. For that, we are forever thankful.”

Kimberly Paxton, Wood County Special Olympics athlete, is no stranger when it comes to Special Olympics.

“My journey with Special Olympics began when I was 8 years old. 33 years later I still play basketball and swim,” she said.

Paxton says that she realized that being an athlete is so much more than athletics.

“I became part of a team that had athletes from the entire state of Ohio. We worked together, we played together, we bonded together. We all shined as one. Being a part of Team Ohio helped me understand how close we are as Wildcat family. It inspired me to not only be an athlete but to be a cheerleader for my teammates. Without our sponsors each year, this program wouldn’t be where it is today. You are part of our Wildcat family.”

For more information about the event, call 419-352-5115 or visit our website at https://www.woodcountydd.org/special-olympics.

Since its creation in 1970, Wood County Special Olympics has sponsored over 500 youth and adult athletes served by Wood County Board of Developmental Disabilities. This program offers year-round training and competitions in nine different sports, including local, state, and regional games.

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