MEDIA ADVISORY - Join Special Olympics Athletes, Supporters and Celebrity Guests at LIMITLESS: The Special Olympics Canada Gala - November 18, 2016

TORONTO, Nov. 11, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Special Olympics Canada invites media to join honored partner Tim Hortons, celebrity guests, Special Olympics athletes and Special Olympics supporters in celebrating the limitless power of Special Olympics and the limitless potential of Special Olympics athletes. LIMITLESS: The Special Olympics Canada Gala will bring together more than 750 champions of the Special Olympics movement, giving them an opportunity to mingle with sport celebrities as well as Special Olympics athletes. Hosted by TSN's on-air personalities Jennifer Hedger and Rod Black, LIMITLESS will feature live performances, one-of-a-kind live and silent-auctions, and an amazing after-party with dancing, interactive activities and a performance by live-band Electric Blonde. Guests will hear firsthand the impact Special Olympics programs have from speakers Duane Brothers- father of Special Olympics athlete Josiah and David Clanachan- Chairman, Canada, Restaurant Brands International.

The Live Auction features incredible items and experiences, like the award-winning 2017 Kia Sorento SX V6, center-court tickets to the Men's semi-final match at Wimbledon, a four day luxury getaway for eight to Albany, Bahamas, a 2017 Kentucky Derby experience for two, 2017 Masters Saturday passes for four, 2017 Grand Slam of Golf for two and an extreme Jays Spring Training Experience for 2.

Event: LIMITLESS: The Special Olympics Canada Gala. A night to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics programs across Canada.

When: Friday, November 18, 2016. 6 p.m. 7 p.m. 10:30 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Where: The Fairmont Royal York Hotel
100 Front St. West, Toronto

Adam van Koeverden – World & Olympic Champion Kayaker
Annamay Pierse – Olympian & former 200m Breastroke World-Record Holder
Bob McKenzie – TSN's Hockey Insider
Brendan Shanahan – President and Alternate Governor, Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Club
Catriona Le May Doan - 2-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Speedskating and Special Olympics Canada Board of Directors
Curt Harnett – 3-Time Olympic Medalist, Cycling
Damian Warner – Olympic Medalist, Decathlete
David Pelletier –World Champion, Olympic Gold Medalist, Pairs Figure Skating
Derek Drouin – Olympic Gold Medalist, High Jump
Diana Matheson – Olympic Medalist, Women's Soccer
Elaine Lui – Co-host of CTV's The Social, ETALK Senior Correspondent, and Founder/Editor
Evanka Osmak – Sportsnet Broadcaster
Jamie Salé – Olympic gold medalist in Pairs Figure Skating, Special Olympics Canada Board of Directors
Jennifer Hedger – SportsCentre Anchor
Jeff O-Neill – TSN Hockey Analyst
Kyle Shewfelt – Olympic Champion, Gymnastics
Mark Oldershaw – Olympic Canoeist
Mark Tewksbury – Olympic Gold Medalist in swimming and Vice-Chair, Special Olympics Canada Board of Directors
Marnie McBean – Three-time Olympic Champion, Rowing
Melissa Bishop – Athletics, Track & Field, 800m
Michael "Pinball" Clemons – Vice-Chair, Toronto Argonauts
Rhian Wilkinson – Olympic Medalist, Women's Soccer
Rod Black – TSN Sportscaster
Rosie MacLennan – two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Trampoline
Shaw Barber – Athletics, Pole Vault
Shelina Zadorsky – Olympic Medalist, Women's Soccer
Stephanie Labbe - Olympic Medalist, Women's Soccer
Tessa Bonhomme - TSN Sportscentre Personality
Special Olympics athletes, coaches and volunteers

CONTACT: Lisa Dunbar Director, Marketing & Communications, Special Olympics Canada T: 416.927.9050, ext. 4383 C: 905-751-6222 OR Allison Love Communications Officer, Special Olympics Canada T: 416.927.9050, ext. 4312 C: 416.301.4636 Alove@secialolympics.caSource: Special Olympics Canada