Special Olympics New York to Honor Minieri and Moudis at 9th Annual Real Estate & Construction Gala on October 15th

September 9, 2008

Special Olympics New York will hold its 9th Annual Real Estate & Construction Gala to benefit the organization’s programs for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, on Wednesday, October 15th at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers. This year’s honorees are Joanne M. Minieri, president and chief operating officer of Forest City Ratner Companies, the New York City subsidiary of Forest City Enterprises, and Ted Moudis, AIA, senior principal and founding partner of Ted Moudis Associates.

The Gala, attended by more than 500 people, honors real estate industry icons who play a role in improving the quality of life of New Yorkers and is one of Special Olympic New York’s most important fundraising events

Previous honorees include Kenneth J. Cooper, CBS; Rory DeJohn, Turner Construction Co.; former deputy mayor Daniel L. Doctoroff; Gary E. Greenspan, Mitti Liebersohn and Bruce Mosler, Cushman & Wakefield; Louise Matthews, Avon Products; Peter G. Riguardi and Raymond Quartararo, Jones Lang LaSalle; Stephen B. Siegel; and Leslie F. Whatley, Morgan Stanley & Co.

The Gala begins with a cocktail reception at 6:00 PM, followed by dinner and a program. This year’s event will also feature raffles. Tickets are $750 per person; tables start at $5,000. Sponsorship opportunities, which are still available, range from $5,000 to $50,000.

As president and COO of Forest City Ratner Companies, Joanne Minieri works closely
with chairman and CEO Bruce C. Ratner in developing and implementing the FCRC’s strategic plan, directing development projects and overseeing day-to-day operations. Her areas of managerial responsibility encompass cash management, accounting and finance, financial reporting, cost control, forecasting, policy development and strategic opportunity assessment. In addition, Minieri directs the executive management team, which devises the company’s long-term strategy and evaluates business development opportunities.

Minieri was closely involved in the acquisition of a sports franchise, the NBA’s Nets. She represents ownership in overseeing the business side of the team and is responsible for managing the investment, including the plan to bring the Nets to their new home in the Barclays Center.

Ted Moudis Associates is one of the country’s most prestigious architectural and interior design firms, ranked among the top 10 design firms in New York and 36th nationwide. It has 130 professionals with offices in New York and Chicago. Moudis’s extensive experience in architecture and interior design ranges from corporate headquarters for top financial firms, insurance firms, and media companies to luxury retailers with projects spanning the globe. He is also leading the way towards high-performance, environmentally responsible design and environmental stewardship by helping his clients reach sustainable (LEED) goals.
Moudis also gives much of his time to philanthropic endeavors. In addition to the Special Olympics, he is an avid supporter of Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, Eric F. Haray Foundation, Family Justice, Friends of St. Dominic’s Home, Muscular Dystrophy Association and The Ganley Foundation.

Special Olympics empowers children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities including mental retardation, autism and Down syndrome, through a variety of Olympic-style sports training, athletic competitions and other related programming slated year-round. Special Olympics New York serves more than 46,000 athletes and their families, trains hundreds of coaches and works with over 25,000 volunteers who conduct more than 400 trainings and competitions in 22 sports annually.

New York City has the largest concentration of Special Olympics New York athletes – 28,000. Special Olympics does not charge athletes and their families to participate in any of the programs.

1,000 ATHLETES TO COMPETE AT SPECIAL OLYMPICS– NYC 19TH ANNUAL METRO TOURNAMENT ON JUNE 2

May 31, 2007

NYC PAVES WAY FOR GLOBAL EXPANSION PROGRAM NEW YORK – As part of the new Urban Strategy developed by Special Olympics International to expand services in major cities, Special Olympics – New York City will host the 19th Annual Metro Tournament on Saturday, June 2, 2007 at Riverbank State Park in Manhattan. Nearly1,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities from all five boroughs, Long Island, Hudson Valley and Connecticut will be led by an Olympic-style torch run and all of the accompanying Olympic pageantry as they compete in five different sports.

The Metro Tournament — the largest single day event orchestrated by SONY – New York City Region – will include competitions in aquatics, basketball, powerlifting, track & field and volleyball. Three of the athletes competing at Metro this year have also been selected to represent Team USA at the Special Olympics World Games in Shanghai China this fall.

Joining the festivities at Opening Ceremonies will be NHL player with the Montreal Canadians, Chris Higgins (his sister is a Special Olympian swimmer competing at Metro); New York Rangers legend and NHL Hall of Famer, Rod Gilbert; All My Children’s Ambyr Childers (Colby Chandler), who has two Special Olympian cousins, and Guiding Light’s Kim Zimmer, along with NBA legend and sportscaster, Len Elmore. Yolanda Vega from the New York Lottery will emcee.

Also appearing at Opening Ceremonies will be NYC Sports Commissioner Kenneth Podziba and Matt Sapolin, Commissioner of the NYC Mayor’s Office for Persons with Disabilities. Manhattan Borough President, Scott M. Stringer, and Brooklyn Borough President, Marty Markowitz, will deliver brief remarks.

“It’s very exciting that New York City has been chosen as the first city to implement Special Olympics’ expansion plan for major cities across the globe. The success in our city will serve as a model for others,” says Michelle LeMay Santiago, Regional Director, Special Olympics – NYC. “Our goal is to double the number of athletes in New York City from 20,000 to 40,000 in five years. To accommodate these numbers, we are increasing the number of competitions we offer by recruiting more coaches, building partnerships and raising funds to pay for equipment, buses, uniforms and facilities.”
Special Olympics – NYC is expanding sports programs in the New York City public school system and building new community – based athletic programs in partnership with city agencies. They also are working closely on the Urban Strategy with Mayor Bloomberg, who has signed on as Honorary Chair of the initiative’s Advisory Committee.

“The Metro Tournament is a wonderful example of how urban challenges can be overcome to bring the New York City community together. The athletes, coaches, volunteers and corporate community all contribute to make this day a success,” says Neal Johnson, President & CEO of Special Olympics New York.

The Metro Tournament will begin with Opening Ceremonies at 10:00am. Competition starts at 11:30a.m. and continues until 3:30p.m. at Riverbank State Park at 145th Street and Riverside Drive in Manhattan. The Olympic Town will have music, games and other events throughout the day. Admission is free and open to the public. Athletes love and appreciate the support of fans.

Metro Tournament’s Presenting Sponsor is Goldman, Sachs & Co. Gold Sponsors – HIP and Pfizer; Silver Sponsors – Disney, Mattel, MetLife, NYBOT Futures & Options for Kids, and PricewaterhouseCoopers; Bronze Sponsors – CNN, JP Morgan; State Sponsors- New York State Lottery and NYSUT.

Special Olympics New York 3rd Annual Peter Aquilone Memorial Floor Hockey Tournament set for January 13, 2007

January 12, 2007

More than 450 athletes and coaches to compete The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center will host the 3rd Annual Special Olympics New York City Regional Peter Aquilone Memorial Floor Hockey Tournament on Saturday, January 13, 2007 at 10:00am. Over 350 athletes will compete from New York City, Long Island, Hudson Valley, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and New Jersey. Joining them will be more than 75 coaches and 200 volunteers.

The tournament is named in honor of Peter Aquilone, a former employee of both Special Olympics New York and the National Hockey League, who passed away suddenly in 2004.

The Peter Aquilone Memorial Floor Hockey Tournament will include both floor hockey skills and team competition. The tournament will begin with Opening Ceremonies at 10:00am, competition starting at 11:00 and continuing until 4:00pm. The Olympic Village will have music, games, arts and crafts, along with many other events throughout the day. Everyone is encouraged to attend, admission is free and open to the public. The athletes love to hear and see the support of fans.

Athletes competing at this Tournament can advance to state-level Winter Games, to be held this year in Syracuse, New York, February 23-25th.

The tournament is made possible through the generous support of its sponsors including the National Hockey League, ITG Investment Technology Group, and Blimpie, as well as teams of volunteers from Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, NHL, ITG, Manhattan College men’s and women’s basketball teams, Friends of Peter Aquilone and members of the New York City Fire Department Hockey Team and Emergency Medical Technicians.

The event kicks off the second year of the New York City Urban Strategies Initiative. The Initiative is part of Special Olympics broader Urban Strategy program aimed at increasing the involvement and improving the experiences of athletes in cities around the globe.

Goals of the New York City Initiative include: increasing the number of athletes in the city from 20,000 to 40,000 by 2010; expanding sports programs in the New York City public school system and building new community-based athletic programs in partnership with city agencies.

“The New York City Initiative is an exciting endeavor for us,” said Neal Johnson, President & CEO of Special Olympics New York. “The Peter Aquilone Memorial Floor Hockey Tournament is a wonderful event that brings the New York City community together. The athletes, coaches, volunteers and corporate community all contribute to make this day a success. It is also a wonderful living memorial of Peter Aquilone’s heart.”

For more information on the Peter Aquilone Memorial Floor Hockey Tournament or for a full schedule of competitive events in the New York City region, visit www.specialolympicsNY.org, or contact Colleen Everett at (212) 661-5217.

Special Olympics New York held Its 3rd Annual Peter Aquilone Memorial Floor Hockey Tournament on Saturday, January 13, 2007 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

January 13, 2007

On Saturday, January 13, 2007, Special Olympics New York held the 3rd Annual Special Olympics New York City Regional Peter Aquilone Memorial Floor Hockey Tournament at The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Over 350 athletes competed from New York City, Long Island, Hudson Valley, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and New Jersey. More than 75 coaches and 200 volunteers joined them.

The tournament is named in honor of Peter Aquilone, a former employee of both Special Olympics New York and the National Hockey League, who passed away suddenly in 2004.

The Peter Aquilone Memorial Floor Hockey Tournament included both floor hockey skills and team competition. The tournament began with Opening Ceremonies at 10:00am, competition started at 11:00 and continued until 4:00pm. The Olympic Village had music, games, arts and crafts, along with many other events throughout the day. Everyone was encouraged to attend admissions were free and open to the public. The athletes were excited to hear and see the support of fans.

Athletes competing at this Tournament can advance to state-level Winter Games, to be held this year in Syracuse, New York, February 23-25th.

The tournament was made possible through the generous support of its sponsors including the National Hockey League, ITG Investment Technology Group, Blimpie, and H&H Midtown Bagels East, as well as teams of volunteers from Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, NHL, ITG, Manhattan College men’s and women’s basketball teams, Friends of Peter Aquilone and members of the New York City Fire Department Hockey Team and Emergency Medical Technicians.

The event kicks off the second year of the New York City Urban Strategies Initiative. The Initiative is part of Special Olympics broader Urban Strategy program aimed at increasing the involvement and improving the experiences of athletes in cities around the globe.

Goals of the New York City Initiative include: increasing the number of athletes in the city from 20,000 to 40,000 by 2010; expanding sports programs in the New York City public school system and building new community-based athletic programs in partnership with city agencies.

“The New York City Initiative is an exciting endeavor for us,” said Neal Johnson, President & CEO of Special Olympics New York. “The Peter Aquilone Memorial Floor Hockey Tournament is a wonderful event that brings the New York City community together. The athletes, coaches, volunteers and corporate community all contribute to make this day a success. It is also a wonderful living memorial of Peter Aquilone’s heart”


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