Rick Allen, of Weston, will be honored at the Special Olympics Connecticut Hall of Fame Dinner - Celebrating 45 Years of Memories on Wednesday, March 20 at the Aqua Turf Country Club, Plantsville.
The annual Hall of Fame event honors extraordinary athletes, volunteers and supporters who demonstrate leadership, spirit and selflessness, inspire joy through sport and promote inclusion and respect for individuals of all abilities. Tickets, which must be reserved in advance, are $25 per person and may be obtained by calling 203-230-1201, ext. 276 or emailing email@example.com. The event is hosted and made possible through the generosity of the Bozzuto and Calvanese families.
Registration will begin at 5 p.m.; the program at 6 p.m.
Allen will receive the Susan Saint James Award which is given to an individual whose leadership skills have brought about positive changes to the organization. Allen recently completed a term as the Chairman of the Special Olympics Connecticut Board of Directors and currently serves as the Board’s Finance Committee Chair.
During his tenure on the Board, Special Olympics Connecticut grew its athlete base by 11 percent, the largest increase in the organization’s history. Allen was instrumental in securing new supporters, developing Special Olympics Connecticut’s strategic plan and bringing its Southwest Regional Games to a new venue Weston High School/Middle School.
Allen also participates in fundraising events to benefit Special Olympics. He has demonstrated his commitment by rappelling 22 stories down the side of the Infinity Building at Harbor Point (Stamford) during an Over the Edge fundraiser to support Special Olympics athletes across the state.