Hotels to host Special Olympics Athletes in Parade of Lights

The Four Points by Sheraton and owner, Joseph Fan celebrate another year as a major sponsor of the Ventura Harbor Village Parade of Lights.

As part of the festivities, they will host 120 Special Olympics Athletes, their family members, and chaperones from Ventura County, who will be on board three vessels entered in the parade on Saturday, December 19.  This is, by far, the largest participation by Special Olympics Athletes.

Joseph Fan, President of Brighton Management, is owner of the Four Points by Sheraton Ventura Harbor and the Holiday Inn Express Ventura Harbor.  The hotels are proud sponsors of Special Olympics Ventura County.

“For almost 10 years Joseph Fan and Victor Dollar, Sheraton’s General Manager, have included Special Olympics Athletes in their parade entries.  The generosity that they show our Special Olympics athletes, along with meeting space they provide for Ventura County Special Olympics staff and volunteers, is so appreciated.  We truly value their support and enthusiasm for our Special Olympics program,” states Regional Director, Peggi Preston.

Special thanks go out to the Channel Island Sea Ray Owners Club who provided the three vessels.  The Taiwan Hotel Motel Association of Southern California and its members and friends provided additional funding for the event.

Special Olympics Ventura County (SOVC) offers free of charge year-round sports training and competition opportunities to over 500 individuals with intellectual disabilities, ages 8 years and up, in 10 different sports at over 20 training sites throughout Ventura County.

For more information on Ventura County Special Olympics, please call  650-7717 or visit


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