Star-Studded 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games Fundraising Event to be Held in Boise, Idaho

Be a Fan with Sharon Stone, Henry Winkler and Jennifer Holliday!

BOISE, Idaho, Aug. 30 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- Glitz, glamour and Hollywood will descend upon Boise for a once-in-lifetime gala fundraising event -- Share the Magic -- scheduled for Thursday, September 6, at the Boise Center on the Grove. Actor and director Henry Winkler will host a star-studded evening complete with an open to the public "silver carpet walk" on the Plaza at the Center on the Grove, followed by a ticketed event that will feature world class entertainment, a live auction and inspirational stories from Special Olympics athletes.

"This event will provide a truly moving glimpse into the magical nature and magnitude of the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games slated to be held in Idaho," said Jim Grossman, co-chair of the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games board. "An amazing cast of local and Hollywood celebrities will share personal stories about their involvement in the Special Olympics movement with the goal of inspiring all Idahoans to embrace and support the upcoming Games."

Special guests expected to attend include award-winning actress Sharon Stone; Grammy Award-winner Jennifer Holliday; former ABC's Good Morning America personality Chantal Westerman; local celebrity and NBC Apprentice contestant Troy McClain; actor Scott Glenn; Special Olympics President and Chairman Tim Shriver; Hollywood producer Gary Smith; Jefferson Starship's Mickey Thomas; local singer Nancy Roche; and, musicians Jimmy and Donnie Demers.

The public is invited to attend the "silver carpet walk" that will take place in conjunction with downtown Boise's First Thursday festivities from 5-6 pm on the Plaza. Upon conclusion, event ticket holders will be seated inside to participate in the Share the Magic production.

For more information about the event, call the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games headquarters located in Boise at (208) 938-5505.

About the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games:

Special Olympics is an international program of year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Today, over 2.5 million athletes in more than 165 countries train and compete in 30 Olympic-type sports. The 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games will be held in Boise and Tamarack, Idaho, February 6-13, 2009 and will involve up to 3,000 athletes and 10,000 volunteers from as many as 85 countries. Competition will take place in seven winter sports -- alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, figure skating, floor hockey, snowboarding, snowshoeing and speed skating.

Source: 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games