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2012 Special Olympics

Pillar Home Office Team Volunteers at the Special Olympics of Texas 2012 Softball & Bocce Competition and Golf Tournament


Carrollton, TX - (September 22, 2012) Pillar Hotels began their involvement with Special Olympics Texas in 2010 at the annual Softball and Bocce Competition. Two years later the companies' dedication to serve Special Olympics' athletes has never been stronger.

The 2012 Special Olympics' Softball and Bocce Competition was held at Oran Good Park on September 22nd, and 50 Pillar volunteers traveled to the park to cook and serve hot dogs, chips, and drinks to competitors, coaches, volunteers, and families. "It is a great honor to be involved with the Special Olympics," said Melissa Rickerd, Employee Services Coordinator from Pillar Hotels & Resorts.

In addition to bringing lunch, Pillar employees actively participated in supporting athletes by partaking in the numerous activities. Activities included, softball skills training, score keeping for the bocce and softball competitions, and presenting awards to athletes.

Alice Brimelow, Development Director of Events at Special Olympics' Texas stated, "Pillar Hotels & Resorts' associates generously donated much of their Saturday to provide lunch. They are some of the most wonderful people in Texas. The participants were tremendously benefited by their generosity and sense of giving and respect for each person served."

A special thanks to all of the Pillar employees who participated at this event. If you would like to partner with Special Olympics Texas, please visit www.specialolympicstexas.org.


About Special Olympics Texas1:

Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) is a privately funded non-profit organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect. SOTX provides continuing opportunities for more than 44,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the Lone Star State to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship. To learn more, visit www.specialolympicstexas.org or call 800.876.5646. Engage with us on: Twitter @SOTexas; fb.com/SpecialOlympicsTX; youtube.com/specialolympicstexas


Baseball team photo Pillar Hotels and Resorts

Pillar Hotels & Resorts: Softball - The Big HERT Challenges the Lewisville Tidal Waves

Carrollton, TX - (September 8, 2012) On September 8, 2012, Pillar's softball team, the Big HERT, took to the field to play the Special Olympic State Champion Lewisville Tidal Waves. The hour long game was a pre-season warm up for the Tidal Waves who were preparing for their competitive softball tournament on September 29th.

The Tidal Waves' talent was undeniable as they earned the 11-8 victory over the Big HERT. Afterwards, both teams re-energized with boxed sandwiches, chips, and cold drinks provided by Pillar Hotels & Resorts.

Baseball team photo Pillar Hotels and Resorts"Playing against the Lewisville Tidal Waves was a great experience," said Big HERT teammate Dan Williams. "We were honored to be the team who helped them prepare for their upcoming season and the competition on the 29th."

"We played our best, but the Tidal Waves played better," said Big HERT coach Chris Russell. "We're looking forward to a rematch after the Tidal Waves complete the season."

Special thanks to the team members and coaches of the Lewisville Tidal Waves and The Big HERT. Pillar Hotels & Resorts wishes the Tidal Waves the best of luck as they compete to defend their title as State Champions.

Texas Special Olympics

About Special Olympics Texas1:

Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) is a privately funded non-profit organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect. SOTX provides continuing opportunities for more than 44,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the Lone Star State to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship. To learn more, visit www.specialolympicstexas.org or call 800.876.5646. Engage with us on: Twitter @SOTexas; fb.com/SpecialOlympicsTX; youtube.com/specialolympicstexas

1About SOTX. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Oct. 2012. .

Pillar Participates in the Special Olympics of Texas Jimmy Mac Invitational Golf Tournament

Pillar Hotels golf teamTeam 2 - Left to right: Mike Uber, Dan Williams, Lance Kobza, and Chris Russell
Frisco, TX - (August 20, 2012) Two Pillar teams took to the tee box for the Special Olympics' Texas (SOTX) 4th annual Jimmy Mac Golf Tournament on August 20, 2012.

The tournament was held at Stonebriar Country Club on their two world renowned 18-hole golf courses. Over 180 golfers attended the 4-person scramble tournament. Ten Special Olympics' athletes, who take part in the year round sports training and competitions provided by SOTX, participated in the tournament. Other Special Olympics' athletes volunteered to meet golfers at the tee boxes and throughout the country club as well. The tournament raised $72,000, and all proceeds went to support Special Olympics Texas athletes.

Texas Jimmy Mac Invitational Golf TournamentTeam 1 - Back row: Arne Hoeppner and Arjun Demla Front row: Chris Duke and Edward Chang
Many companies donated gifts for the silent auction and participated in supporting this event for Special Olympics Texas. Breakfast was provided by Chik-fil-A, Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts, and Carl's Jr. Cloud Nation analyzed the golfer's swings and provided helpful tips for improving, and Ultra Clean Clubs cleaned the golfer's clubs after they completed the course. Additionally, each participant had the opportunity to enjoy the Long Drive Show with Brian Pavlet.

Thanks to everyone from Pillar that attended the golf tournament: Chris Russell, Lance Kobza, Mike Uber, Dan Williams, Arjun Demla, Arne Hoeppner, Chris Duke, and Edward Chang.

About Special Olympics Texas1:

Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) is a privately funded non-profit organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect. SOTX provides continuing opportunities for more than 44,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the Lone Star State to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship. To learn more, visit www.specialolympicstexas.org or call 800.876.5646. Engage with us on: Twitter @SOTexas; fb.com/SpecialOlympicsTX; youtube.com/specialolympicstexas.

An upcoming event for Special Olympics Texas is "Over the Edge," which will take place at the Bank Tower on Oak Cliff in Dallas, TX on November 10, 2012. This unique fund raising event provides for extreme adventure and extreme community impact. Individual participants who raise a minimum of $1,000 will have the once-in-a-lifetime experience of rappelling down the 16 story Bank Tower at Oak Cliff with the assistance of the Dallas SWAT team officer volunteers. Register on-line at www.SOTX.org where you will get your own website to use while raising your fund through contacting your associates, friends and family.

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