June 08, 2011
Its now official: the Washington State Special Olympics Winter Games is returning to Wenatchee. The
organizations’s executive board took formal action on a proposed long-term agreement over the weekend. That came
as welcome news to Eric Granstrom with the Wenatchee Valley Sports Council who has been spearheading drive to
retain the games . .
The Memorandum of Understanding outlines a five-year partnership between both Special
Olympics and a consortium of business, hotel, government, non-profit and individual supporters of the Games. It
provides for the Games to be held in the Wenatchee Valley while the local community will cover the approximately
$30,000 in facility costs. ..Granstrom says the community should receive a gold medal for its support . .
Included in the agreement is a commitment by the local facilities to maintain 2011 pricing/donation levels; and
contracted Games hotels will maintain 2011 pricing levels through 2013 and go up no more than 5% for 2014-16.