Night of Trees Gala

2020 Night of Trees Gala

The first-ever virtual Night of Trees Gala was a Zoom success! Thank you to the more than 200 supporters who joined to see a great program featuring SODC athletes, inspiring comments, and wonderful music. The event was co-hosted by Special Olympics Global Ambassador Maureen McCormick, and SODC athletes Diron Gaskins and Ricardo Thornton. SODC athlete Novie Craven introduced Global Ambassador Avril Lavigne, who shared a greeting and her uplifting video for the song “Fly” whose proceeds benefit Special Olympics athletes worldwide.

Global Ambassador Erika Ender sent her greetings to SODC and sang “Darnos Un Dia” from her new album. Tony Reali from ESPN talked about the great times he had with our athletes visiting his show “Around the Horn” and encouraged them to keep their spirits up until we can be together again. Guests bid on fabulous trips to escape from the DMV and lots of lovely silent auction items. We enjoyed two great performances from Frédéric Yonnet and the Band with No Name from #jazzclubquarantine. It was a fabulous night that raised funds to continue virtual programs for SODC athletes and help us get back on the field as soon as the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted!

To everyone who sponsored the event, participated, and donated, THANK YOU!! Heartfelt thanks to the Special Olympics Global Ambassadors, Tony Reali and Frédéric Yonnet for sharing your time and talents with our athletes and the SODC family. Looking forward to the 2021 Night of Trees, stay tuned for more information as it becomes available. We hope to be able to welcome everyone in person!


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