| Special Olympics New York press release
July 15, 2003
Daytime Emmy Award-Winner Dedicated To Doing Good
Best-known for playing a villain, Thom Christopher
do good by attending the Hot Saratoga Nights Black-Tie Gala, which will
benefit Special Olympics New York.
SCHENECTADY - As a Daytime Emmy Award-winning actor, Thom Christopher
is a busy guy. So why does he donate his time each year to attend the
Hot Saratoga Nights Black-Tie Gala, presented by GE?
"'Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity,'"
said Christopher, quoting Horace Mann, a famed educator and the first
president of Antioch College. "I really feel it's my responsibility to
be involved, and I take great pride in the athletes."
Christopher, who won a Daytime Emmy Award in 1991 (Outstanding
Supporting Actor) for his portrayal of mobster Carlo Hesser on "One
Life to Live,"
first became involved with Special Olympics in 1990, volunteering at a
competition in New York City.
"It was literally an epiphany," Christopher said. "I saw the human
commitment to facing challenges. You realize the enormous determination
and courage that Special Olympics athletes have. Working with them has
become a tremendous love for me."
The Hot Saratoga Nights Black-Tie Gala, which is part of the 13th
annual Satins, Silks & Stars week to benefit the 40,000
athletes with mental retardation that Special Olympics New York serves,
kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 26, at the Prime Hotel in
Saratoga Springs. It will include dinner, dancing, a silent auction and
a presentation featuring Special
In addition to attending the Hot Saratoga Nights Black-Tie Gala, at
which he will mingle with Special Olympics New York athletes and
Christopher will serve as master of ceremonies for Cool Sunday Mornings
Day at the Races on Sunday, July 27. Also part of the Satins, Silks
Stars week, Sunday's festivities will include an equestrian
a question-and-answer session with celebrities and a gourmet luncheon.
To register for the Hot Saratoga Nights Black-Tie Gala or Cool Sunday
Mornings Day at the Races, both of which will feature a host of other
celebrities, call 518-388-0793 or visit www.specialolympicsnewyork.org.
Christopher played Colonel Dax on "Guiding Light" from 1999 till 2002,
and he played Hawk on "Buck Rogers." He also has appeared on "Law and
Order," "Murder, She Wrote," "Kojak" and "T.J. Hooker," and his film
credits include "Ten Hundred Kings," "Peril" and "Nola." And he won the
Clarence Derwent and Theatre World Awards for his Broadway debut in
"Noel Coward with Two
During a recent phone interview, Christopher, who has worked with
Special Olympics athletes for more than a dozen years now, said: "I've
seen them go from children to incredibly independent adults. It's a
wonderfully satisfying experience."
Special Olympics New York provides year-round sports training and
competition in a variety of Olympic-style sports for children and
adults with mental retardation, at no cost to the athletes or their
families. Founded in 1970, Special Olympics New York is the largest
Special Olympics program in the
United States, providing sports opportunities to nearly 40,000 athletes
a network of 30,000 volunteers.
Please note that this fan site is not intended to infringe upon
anyone's copyright in any way. If you own
the copyright for anything on this site, and would like it removed,
please contact the