Posted on November 24th, 2008 by Maurice Snell
This past weekend was another annual holiday gala for Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago. More importantly, it marked another beginning of Easter Seals and what future lies ahead. Many people showed up to support many different services Easter Seals has to offer through the Chicago area, and many guests had different stories to tell. From what I learned by attending these past events, people help each other out from time to time, and Easter Seals is the appropriate organization where many people help one another.
The memorable highlight of the evening was a special appearance by White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, who is a great spokesperson for autism. Yes, it was the same Ozzie Guillen who has visited the Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago’s new state-of-the-art Therapeutic School and Center for Autism Research last year, the same White Sox manager who attended the unveiling of White Sox Field (a softball field designed for people with autism). White Sox Field is adjacent to the new Easter Seals Therapeutic School and Center for Autism Research on Chicago’s West Side, and Chicago White Sox Charities donated $1 million to the new facility — the largest direct contribution to the project.
It was great to see a philanthropic figure come out and share words of wisdom with Easter Seals once again. I have to say it was a privilege to reunite with Ozzie this time around because when I first met him this past summer, I was a little shy and didn’t know what words to say then. But right now, I was overjoyed to shake hands with a great celebrity once again. By meeting him, we instantly became fast friends. Not only because, just like president-elect Barack Obama, I am a die-hard White Sox fan and have been for the past 25 years, but I appreciate what Ozzie is doing for Easter Seals and autism. His words inspire hope and future for families with many different challenges and we support him 100% on this campaign.
Meeting Ozzie for the second time is a blessing not only to me and my family, but also for the people of Easter Seals. I guarantee there will be positive changes later in life for Easter Seals and Chicago. If I could tell Ozzie something, it would be, “Thanks for what you do for being a part of the Easter
Seals family. You are a true ‘role model’ for Easter Seals and I hope you’ll stay committed to this organization for years to come.”