Special Olympics Chicago/Special Children’s Charities (SOC/SCC) will host a Virtual Evening Reception on Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 6 to 7 p.m., honoring Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Chicago White Sox Charities, David Doebler, General Manager of NBC5 Chicago/Telemundo, and Gage Park Coach Katie Hart.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, the first Virtual Evening Reception will showcase the amazing efforts put forth by athletes, coaches and supporters who helped SCC/SOC navigate the unprecedented circumstances of 2020. Zoraida Sambolin, news anchor for NBC5 Chicago, will emcee.

Attendees will enjoy videos from coaches, interviews with dedicated athletes, as well as a special message from Lightfoot. Additionally, the athlete artists whose creations will be featured in the annual SOC/SCC 2021 calendar will be announced, as well as the winners of the evening reception raffle.

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, SOC/SCC officials have strived to think outside the box and provide activities that athletes could enjoy safely from home that would allow them to see their friends, have fun and remain active.

Since April, the organization has provided a number of programs and activities including virtual fitness programs with local gym, Treadfit Beverly; weekly Zoom bingo games; delivered dinners and activity packets; cooking classes; weekly family activities such as bowling, fishing, golf; and more.

SCC/SOC also purchased and donated 25 tablets for Chicago Park District special-recreation coaches so they have the ability to stay in touch with athletes and their families and offer virtual day camps and exercise programs. Many parks are offering fun social activities, city of Chicago tours, talent contests, trivia contests, game nights and more.

Raffle/silent auction items and VIP experiences will be posted on the SOC/SCC website leading up to the evening reception.

Proceeds from the Virtual Evening Reception will help to support activities enjoyed by the 7,500 athletes of the SOC/SCC program throughout the year.

Tickets are free, and registration is now open.

For more information, call (312) 527-3743 or visit sochicago.org.