Published September 19, 2002


Walk for the Gold is one of the premier events for Special Olympics Northern California.   This non-competitive walk will bring together participants of all ages throughout the Bay Area to promote the spirit of friendship and fitness.

Join in the Fun
The Walk for the Gold will be held on Saturday, October 5 at Hart Middle School in Hacienda.  Join Special Olympics athletes and help raise money to support local Special Olympics programs.  Last years event raised over $100,000. Walkers help create awareness for the Special Olympics while raising money by gaining sponsorships from friends, family, neighbors, co-workers and business associates. 

Corporate Community Participation
The event begins with the corporate community, but it does not stop there.   Although this walk is primarily a corporate event, you are welcome to raise funds as an individual or join a community group team.   Special Olympics athletes representing 17 Olympic type sports join walkers in the walk. Corporate teams consisting of 10 or more walkers register and collect pledges to walk.  There is no limit to the number of walk teams a corporation or organization can have.   Each team will have a designated team captain who will help recruit team members, distribute prizes, register their team on the day of the walk and turn in pledges.  Sponsorship opportunities are still available.  Join such companies as Hacienda's ANG Newspapers, Cingular Wireless, Equity Office, PeopleSoft and Tanner Insurance and become a sponsor of the event. 

Benefits for SONC
The Walk for the Gold raises funds and awareness for Special Olympics Northern California, East Bay Region.  Special Olympics programs are offered at no expense to all eligible athletes.  Training and competitions exist because of the generous support of businesses and individuals. More than 1,300 athletes participate in the East Bay, which provides year round sports training and competition in 17 Olympic type sports for children and adults with developmental disabilities. 

Contact Information
Special Olympics of Northern California
Colleen Gaard
7700 Edgewater Drive, Suite 800, Oakland, California 94621
(510) 553-0280 x30 phone     (510) 553-0432  fax     colleeng@sonc.org  e-mail     www.sonc.org    WWW

Hacienda Owners Association
4473 Willow Road, Suite 105, Pleasanton, California  94588-8570
(925) 734-6500  phone     (925) 734-6501  fax     info@hacienda.org  e-mail     www.hacienda.org    WWW