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Chelan Port District Kicks In 25-Thousand Dollars to Help Keep Special Olympics in Wenatchee

May 06, 2011

Eric Granstrom is on a mission . . The marketing director for

the Wenatchee Valley Sports Council has been passing the hat for funds to ensure that the Washington State Winter

Olympics Winter Games remain in Wenatchee. Wenatchee Bureau Chief Steve Hair reports that Granstrom got some good

news on that front this week . .

30-thousand dollars is the amount needed to cover the facility costs to

host the games in 2012. Almost half of that has already been pledged through a tax supported Tourism Promotion

Fund administered through the Wenatchee Valley Visitors Bureau.

Granstrom made his pitch to the Chelan

County Port Commission Thursday morning and came away with the Port’s pledge for 25 thousand dollars over the next

five years. Granstrom came away encouraged that he’s getting closer to the finish line . .

The Special

Olympics has agreed in principal to a long-term deal to keep the Olympics in Wenatchee. But Granstrom cautioned

Port Commissioners that unless the needed funds are confirmed my May 19th there is a chance that the Special

Olympics executive board could decide to put the games out to bid. He says if the games go away, the hit to the

local economy could total over 800-thousand dollars.

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