Summer Social

August 11, 2021 7:00 - 10:00 pm

55 W 16th St, New York, NY 10011, USA

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Help support Special Olympics New York Athletes by donating towards our 15th annual Summer Social!

Special Olympics New York provides inclusive opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities to compete in Olympic-style, coached sports. To stay active for life. To achieve goals at local and international contests. And to taste victory and overcome defeat.

With your support, Special Olympics can transform lives through the joy of sport, each and every day.

We empower athletes to shatter stereotypes and exceed their personal bests on the playing field and in life. But for every inspiring Special Olympics athlete in New York, there are 9 more people waiting for their chance.

IN-PERSON EVENT (outdoors):

On Wednesday, August 11th, our 15th Annual Summer Social, hosted by Comedian Hannah Berner and our Leadership Council, will be outside in-person and virtually! This in-person event will be held at a NEW premier location, The Beach at Dream Downtown. This event includes VIP bottle service, a sponsored open bar, digital silent auction, special appearances from Special Olympics NY USA Games athletes, and live music from DJ Sha Savage. Traditionally, the Summer Social is the Leadership Council's most memorable event, and we look forward to continuing the event's success with supporters like you! 

Date: Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Time: 7-10:00PM

Location: The Beach at the Dream Downtown (355 W 16th St, New York, NY 10011)

After-Party: Marquee New York




For those that cannot attend the in-person event, Special Olympics NY will bring a virtual event to your homes! This 30 minute, live streamed event will include cameos from Special Olympics NY athletes & celebrity partners, a digital silent auction, live music, and a signature cocktail recipe. This virtual event will be live-streamed from Special Olympics New York's social media pages and an event link will be sent out to all registered attendees, the morning of.

Date: Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Time: 8:00PM

Location: SONY YouTube Link, FB Live, and on here!



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Your individual fundraising page allows you to share your story and set a goal. If you raise over the ticketed price, you will receive 1 complimentary ticket! The funds you raise will help make our mission a reality!

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Special Olympics New York
Questions? Contact Kaitlin Brennan, Director of Development for Special Olympics NY

The Beach at Dream Downtown

55 W 16th St, New York, NY 10011, USA

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Who's ready for a fresh, new summer vibe? WE ARE! We are excited to announce that we will be at a NEW location for this year's Summer Social!

The Beach at the Dream Downtown


  • Cocktail Party!
  • VIP Tables and Cabanas
  • 2 Bars
  • Live DJ
  • Special Appearances by Special Olympics NY USA Games Athletes


Effective May 19th, unless noted otherwise, social gatherings that take place in public spaces are limited to the indoor or outdoor social gathering limit, as applicable. Attendees at events that are under the social gathering limit do not need to present proof of vaccination or recent negative test result but must comply with all face covering and social distancing requirements. See industry-specific guidance documents for full details.

Our event will hold a maximum of 250 people, outdoors. However, all guests must check-in and sign a COVID waiver before entering the event. SONY reserves the right to announce their guidelines closer to the event.

Congregate commercial and social events in New York-such as those at venues that host sports competitions, performing arts and live entertainment, and catered receptions-can exceed the social gathering limits of 500 people outdoors or 250 people indoors if all attendees over the age of four present either proof of full vaccination status or recent negative COVID-19 test result and the required social distancing can be accommodated. 

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Competitive sports breed common ground. Athletes, coaches and the people who support them come together for the love of a sport or the thrill of a game. Not everyone wins.

Through Special Olympics New York, though, everyone is included. Athletes with intellectual disabilities have the opportunity to challenge themselves in fair and even competition. Win or lose, they develop their own character, make friends and find unknown wells of determination within themselves.

If you're a fan of unity, acceptance, empowerment, dignity, pride and fun, you're a fan of Special Olympics New York.
You're one of us.

To provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-style sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.


All funds raised at our Summer Social will support the 68,000+ New York athletes who compete annually!