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February 26, 2014
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Skiing, Polar Plunge benefit Special Olympics

Celebrities, members of corporate America and Special Olympics athletes will come together this weekend at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe and Diamond Peak Ski Resort for the 2014 Blazent Celebrity Winterfest. Proceeds from the event benefit more than 19,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities across Nevada and Northern California who are Special Olympics athletes.

Residents and visitors are invited to join in Winterfest events, which begin at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 with a reception at the Hyatt Regency in Incline Village.

“Special Olympics Northern California is such a worthy cause in our community,” said Fred Findlen, general manager of Hyatt, in a press release for the event. “We are proud that Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino will be continuing the tradition of serving as host for the exciting Polar Plunge. It’s one of the many ways we hope to set a positive example for philanthropic engagement with our local Tahoe friends and neighbors.”

Action moves to the slopes on Saturday when corporate teams led by a Special Olympics athlete and a celebrity skier participate in slalom races at Diamond Peak. A lighting of the Special Olympic Cauldron takes place at 9:30 a.m., with races beginning at 10:30 a.m. An awards banquet on Saturday evening includes a live auction, dinner and dancing.

Celebrities who will participate in Winterfest are: Michael Buie, Frank Mallicoat, Justin Melvey, Rick Ravanello and John Vogel.

Winterfest concludes Sunday with a dip in the lake known as the Polar Plunge.

“Part of the Special Olympics national Polar Plunge events, participants dressed in their best and most creative costumes will brave the chilly waters of North Lake Tahoe from the grounds of the Hyatt Regency’s private beach at 10 a.m. in support of Special Olympics,” according to the release.

For more information visit: www.celebritywinterfest.com.


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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Feb 26, 2014 12:18PM Published Feb 26, 2014 02:31PM Copyright 2014 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.