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  • January 25, 2011
    Tom Honored For His Support of the Special Olympics
    Last Friday January 21 Tom Petty was honored in a private ceremony by Special Olympics Southern California for his long-time support of the organization and individuals with intellectual disabilities. At the ceremony Tom was presented with an original watercolor of Leo Carrillo State Beach painted by Michael Bluechel, a 26-year-old Special Olympics athlete from Ventura, Calif.

    Tom has been donating royalties from his song It's Christmas All Over Again which he wrote and recorded with The Heartbreakers for the A Very Special Christmas 2 album. This album was released in 1992 and is the second in a series of albums with Christmas themed music to benefit the Special Olympics. Tom has now contributed more than $200,000 in royalties for It's Christmas All Over Again to the Special Olympics.

    Joining Petty and his wife Dana at the ceremony were Michael Bluechel and his parents, Carol and Ted. Ted Bluechel was the drummer with the legendary pop-rock group, The Association. Representing Special Olympics Southern California were assistant vice presidents, Monica McDade and Kim Pine.

    On the reverse of Bluechel’s painting is a thank you to Petty, which describes the artwork and significance of the gift: “Please accept this gift of our esteem and friendship on behalf of the athletes we serve. We hope that as you enjoy Michael’s painting, it will bring to mind the belief that artistic creativity, ability, achievement and talents can be found in us all.”

    About Special Olympics Southern California
    Special Olympics Southern California has been changing lives through the power of sport for more than 40 years and offers opportunities for children and adults with intellectual disabilities to participate in year-round sports training and competition. Special Olympics Southern California appreciates the support of its year-round Mission. Partners: KTLA, Law Enforcement Torch Run, Summit Entertainment, Toyota, and The Vons Foundation. For more information about how to compete, coach or contribute, visit www.sosc.org.Rock icon Tom Petty was honored on Jan. 21 by Special Olympics Southern California for his long-time support of the organization and individuals with intellectual disabilities. In a private Pacific Palisades home, Petty was presented with an original watercolor of Leo Carrillo State Beach painted by Michael Bluechel, a 26-year-old Special Olympics athlete from Ventura, Calif.

    Photos courtesy of soupyb.com

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on Tue, 2011-01-25 07:31
Last Friday January 21 Tom Petty was honored in a private ceremony by Special Olympics Southern California for his long-time support of the organization and individuals with intellectual disabilities. At the ceremony Tom was presented with an original watercolor of Leo Carrillo State Beach painted by Michael Bluechel, a 26-year-old Special Olympics athlete from Ventura, Calif.

Tom has been donating royalties from his song It's Christmas All Over Again which he wrote and recorded with The Heartbreakers for the A Very Special Christmas 2 album. This album was released in 1992 and is the second in a series of albums with Christmas themed music to benefit the Special Olympics. Tom has now contributed more than $200,000 in royalties for It's Christmas All Over Again to the Special Olympics.

Joining Petty and his wife Dana at the ceremony were Michael Bluechel and his parents, Carol and Ted. Ted Bluechel was the drummer with the legendary pop-rock group, The Association. Representing Special Olympics Southern California were assistant vice presidents, Monica McDade and Kim Pine.

On the reverse of Bluechel’s painting is a thank you to Petty, which describes the artwork and significance of the gift: “Please accept this gift of our esteem and friendship on behalf of the athletes we serve. We hope that as you enjoy Michael’s painting, it will bring to mind the belief that artistic creativity, ability, achievement and talents can be found in us all.”

About Special Olympics Southern California
Special Olympics Southern California has been changing lives through the power of sport for more than 40 years and offers opportunities for children and adults with intellectual disabilities to participate in year-round sports training and competition. Special Olympics Southern California appreciates the support of its year-round Mission. Partners: KTLA, Law Enforcement Torch Run, Summit Entertainment, Toyota, and The Vons Foundation. For more information about how to compete, coach or contribute, visit www.sosc.org.Rock icon Tom Petty was honored on Jan. 21 by Special Olympics Southern California for his long-time support of the organization and individuals with intellectual disabilities. In a private Pacific Palisades home, Petty was presented with an original watercolor of Leo Carrillo State Beach painted by Michael Bluechel, a 26-year-old Special Olympics athlete from Ventura, Calif.

Photos courtesy of soupyb.com

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Shanell Jackson's picture

We salute this man for being a talented individual and a down to earth person. He also helped and a volunteer in some organizations and charity. He loves to share his blessings and talents to children that help them mold to become good one. He also gives mayweather vs canelo tickets through raffle draw in one of his program.

bennybiker's picture

Thank you so much for all your support.I am truly blessed to know Michael and his parents.He is a talented young man.thanx again. Benny
ddominey's picture

What a beautiful painting. What a wonderful organization. I have a grandson with a disability. It is great to see people like the Pettys get involved.
ddominey's picture

What a beautiful painitng and a wonderful organization. I have a disabled grandson and it is so great to see people like the Pettys get involved.
rockitall's picture

I so much would rather hear this wonderful positive stuff about a celebrity:) Than to hear all the garbage about so many of them that have severe drug and alcohol problems!!! Thankyou Mr. Tom Petty for restoring some of my faith in people ♥♥♥ And by the way, "You Seriously Rock" ♥♥♥
stellacamuso's picture

What a beautiful and worthy cause for Tom Petty and his beautiful wife to be devoted to. How fitting that he/they be honored for their support of Special Olympics.
gypsyforever's picture

Tom you truly are an amazing person, Thanks for all you do. Looking forward to the next set of music. Keep rockin'
mar123's picture

Amazing what one song can do. Like a good king, Tom Petty gives back to the people. Keep up the good work and music!!
rockitall's picture

I've known for years how you can sooth my soul with your wonderful music:) Now I see this! Mr. Petty you are truly an amazing human being:) We are so blessed to have you with us during our lifetime :) God bless you and yours :)
tompettylover's picture

Thank you Tom for looking out for the less fortunate. I am a nurse I used to work with special needs kids, some of them were involved with the Special Olympics. They would get so much joy out participating in the events. You really make a difference in their lives. Thank You so much!!
gretchenelise's picture

just amazing how one song can make a change for so many people.
jptoombs's picture

Many thanks to Tom for his support of this worthy cause.
hadi_fakouri's picture

You are showing us what we already knew about you. Good man! BTW, how did you score the Jack Nickolson Lakers seat (twice)? I was clapping and jumping for you when they acknowledged you on the big screen! wooohooo!
tphbfan's picture

tom, you are the best ! i couldn't agree more with another fan below who referred to you as a premium human being. i can't even think of a better thing to say. you are a really great person with solid values and that's why your fans love you so much ! hope to see you on tour again soon !
castalink's picture

Congralutations!
sunshine1's picture

Also , forgot to mention how beautiful the painting is.Enormous talent-Michael-YOU ROCK!!!!
Pettygirl79's picture

Thanks Tom for all you do. Your loyal followers already know what a class act guy you are. Please enjoy a little time off, but not to long cause pettyheads need you! cant wait to hear the next recording cause you just keep getting better and better. MoJo rocks! I listen to it everyday! Thank you for continuing to produce such awesome music! Petty Fan Forever, Kim
sunshine1's picture

I am just so blown away. Once again you are doing something to help change the world , making it a better place. We work with the special Olympics here too in Haiti as my husband has his "Riding for the Handicapped program". Now we have the best of both worlds, God Bless you. Peace
nick07's picture

When I thought I couldnt like Petty more, I read this.. Hats off to Petty! Youre an awesome dude, man! Haha Cant wait to see you in concert again! I hope one day I get to shake your hand - Nick
Anonymous's picture

We always hear about celebrities and all they do and the big show they make of it. Yet Tom shows real class in his giving to others without it splashed all over the news. Thanks for being a class act.Virginia
pcpettyhead's picture

God bless you Tom and the whole band!
amartindale's picture

as a parent with a special needs child and a fan on TP, I think this is the best of both worlds! Thank you for making a difference:)
danajlarson's picture

How cool is this?! It just shows us once again what a premium human being Tom Petty really is.
ouijarepair's picture

is the word to describe that painting and inscription, I'd guess.