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 Bluechelâs painting is a thank you to Petty, which describes the artwork and significance of the gift: âPlease accept this gift of our esteem and friendship on behalf of the athletes we serve. We hope that as you enjoy Michaelâs painting, it will bring to mind the belief that artistic creativity, ability, achievement and talents can be found in us all.â
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.
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