Anthony Bozanich is almost restrained by default. So when Special Olympics Southern California President and CEO Bill Shumard called him on the day of the 2016 Dream House Raffle grand prize drawing, the circumstances hadn’t quite clicked.
Anthony, who was traveling in his car at the time, was asked, “Are you sitting down?”
“I thought I won second prize,” the North Hollywood resident said, assuming someone else had won the house.
Anthony’s first memories of Special Olympics ties goes back to the early 1970s, when his sister would get involved at UCLA for Summer Games. Since the inception of the Dream House Raffle in 2010, Anthony and his sister have been raffle ticket buyers, minus “maybe one or two” because the deadline to enter had slipped his mind.
Part of what has drawn Anthony to Special Olympics Southern California’s movement is the “kids-oriented” aspect and the authenticity of the organization.