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More than $525,600 raised for Special Olympics Quebec



MONTREAL, May 18 /CNW/ -- MONTREAL, May 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Tonight, at Palais des congrès de Montréal, Special Olympics Québec (SOQ) held its ninth annual Sports Celebrities Festival. The Special Olympics's president officially announced that the next Provincial Winter Games will be held at Salaberry-de-Valleyfield in March 2007 and the next National Winter Games will be held in Quebec City in February 2008.

Presided over by Mrs Marie-José Nadeau, Executive Vice President- Corporate Affairs and Secretary General of Hydro-Québec, the 2006 edition of the Sports Celebrities Festival, SOQ's flagship event, raised $525,600. "These funds help the Special Olympics movement in Quebec fulfill its mission to enrich the lives of individuals with an intellectual disability through sport. More than 3,600 athletes have the opportunity to participate in specifically designed training programs and competitions that foster their personal development and social inclusion." said Daniel Granger, Chairman of the Board.

The evening also served as an opportunity to honour more than 50 amateur end professional sports celebrities, including members of the Canadian team who participated in the Olympic Games in Turin, Cindy Klassen, Clara Hughes, François-Louis Tremblay, Mathieu Turcotte, Tania Vicent, Alexandre Bilodeau, Stéphanie St-Pierre, Erik Guay et Dominique Maltais. Many others sports champions will be joining us, including Alexandre Despatie, Eric Lucas, Nathalie Lambert, Greg Sutton as well as several former Canadians and Alouette players. Olympic medallist Annie Pelletier, Honorary Patron of SOQ for the past 9 years, were among the celebrities that attended this event. In addition singer Marilou gave a moving rendering of "Le droit de rêver", the Special Olympics theme song.

During silent and live auctions, the highest bidders purchased one-of-a- kind lots such as a 12 seat box at the Madonna concert on June 22 at the Bell Centre, a pair of solid gold earrings set with Canadian diamonds (0.82 carat) cut and polished by experts from Diarough Canada, an exclusive creation by jeweller Gloria Bass, an exceptional day with Vincent Lecavalier and Reebok for 40 amateur hockey players, a Fender Stratocaster guitar signed by the four Rolling Stones during their recent tour, a three-day Vancouver Island salmon fishing trip and a 24-month lease on a brand-new 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser.

The success of the Sports Celebrities Festival is due in large part to the support of our Platinum Partners: Hydro-Québec, Loto-Québec, Cadillac Fairview and The Forzani Group.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS QUEBEC

Established in Quebec since 1981, the Special Olympics movement is active in over 150 countries. More than 2,25 millions special athletes are registered worldwide and over 31,000 in Canada, of which 3,600 take part in the programs offered throughout Quebec. The next major competition will be held in Brandon, Manitoba from July 18-22, 2006, the Special Olympics National Summer Games. Québec will be represented by its most important delegation ever at National Games. Team Québec will be composed of 100 athletes et 31 volunteers.

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