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c ommu n i t y the entire experience would be. “We didn’t realize, at the time, that we would be designing a piece that would mean so much to so many people,” Stephen said. As the creative process began, the couple soon announced that one piece would become three individual pieces: a necklace pendant and matching earrings. Months went by, and as the pieces took shape, Stephen and Cindy began to think about the implications of this gift. Stephen and Cindy candidly admit that they were aware of the Special Olympics previously, but now have a special connection. The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. Montana’s Special Olympics exist in large part due to the individual donations it receives from businesses, private parties and the families of athletes. We were fortunate enough to be there the day that Stephen Isley and his wife Cindy presented the donation to Special Olympics Montana President and CEO Bob Norbie and Special Olympics Montana, VP of Development Jim Lawrence and Special Olympics Ambassador and Athlete Chrissy Sieske. The moment the donation was unveiled was overwhelming for all in attendance. This year’s Winter Special Olympics will begin on Sunday, February 28th at 3 p.m. with a Parade of Athletes down Central Avenue in Whitefish. On March 1st, the first competition begins up at the Whitefish Mountain Resort. Other events will also be held at The Wave. If you would like to find out more information about the Special Olympics of Montana, including the competitions or the 2010 Auction where you may place your bid on this extraordinary donation, or if you would like to view the piece in person, stop by Stephen Isley Jewelry in Whitefish or contact Special Olympics Montana (SOMT) directly. Stephen isley Jewelry 241 Central Avenue Whitefish,Montana 59937 406-862-2010 www.isleyjewelry.com Special olympics montana P.O. Box 3507 Great Falls,Montana 59403 800-242-6876 or 406-216-5327 Email: info@somt.org www.somt.org 34 FLATHEAD LIVING | WINTER 2009/2010 www. f latheadl i v ing.com

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