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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, June 5, 2006
Special Olympics Events and Promotions Manager Mary K. Do, 206-362-4949 x218

Sheriff Edwards' 12th Annual TRail Ride, Dinner, Dance and Auction Benefiting Special Olympics

Thurston County Sheriff Gary Edwards will sponsor his 12th Annual Trail Ride and Dinner to benefit Special Olympics on Saturday, June 24, 2006, at the Evergreen Sportsmen's Gun Club, Capital Forest , south of Olympia , near Littlerock.  Riders can leave camp between 7:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. and take the 8 mile or 15 mile course. 

The ride ticket includes the trail ride, a ticket for the drawing, a lunch of 1 burger, 1 chili, 1 bag of chips & 1 soda. Additional items may be acquired for a small donation.  The ride donations are as follows-

  • $20 per adult and $15 kids 13 & under/seniors 65 & over  
  • BYOH – Bring Your Own Horse!

For those of you who may not own a horse, you can participate in the Dance, Auction & BBQ dinner on Friday, June 23, 2006, starting at 6:30 p.m.  This will also be held at the Evergreen Sportsmen's Gun Club.  There will also be a live and silent auction on Friday and a silent auction on Saturday.  The Friday event is open to everyone and the Lucky Eagle Casino will be donating the dinner.  So dust off those boots and come kick up your heels! 

The dinner donations are as follows: 

  • $15 per adult, $10 kids 13 & under, $25 per couple
  • BYOB – Bring Your Own Boots!

The vision of Special Olympics is to help bring all persons with developmental disabilities into the larger society under conditions where they are accepted, respected and given the chance to become useful and productive citizens.  The purpose of Special Olympics is to provide year round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic type sports for children and adults with developmental disabilities.

The weekend's events are part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run, the largest grassroots fundraiser for Special Olympics.  Special Olympics Washington is a not-for-profit organization supported entirely by private donations.  One hundred percent of the proceeds from this event are tax deductible will directly benefit local Special Olympic programs and athletes.  Come join us for a great weekend, trail ride, delicious food and a chance to win some great prizes!!  This is all for a very worthwhile cause.

If you have any questions please contact Local Events and Promotions Manager Mary K. Do at Special Olympics 206-362-4949 x218, or Sheriff Gary Edwards at the Thurston County Sheriff's Office 360-786-5501 or via e-mail at edwardg@co.thurston.wa.us.

Thank you for your support of this great organization. We look forward to seeing you at the events!! Happy trails!

County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3