Gushue latest celebrity to join Special Olympics P.E.I. anniversary event

Published on May 28, 2014

CHARLOTTETOWN –  Special Olympics P.E.I. announced today that Canadian curler Brad Gushue will be attending the 25th Anniversary of the Special Olympics Festival. Gushue, who represents Newfoundland and Labrador on the national stage, won the gold medal for Canada at the 2006 Winter Olympics.

Gushue is a six-time provincial junior curling champion, winning the Canadian Junior Curling Championship in 2001, before transiting to a successful career in men’s curling. Starting in 2003, Gushue has won eight men’s curling championships in Newfoundland and Labrador.

He joins an impressive list of celebrity guests already announced for the event, including Gino Reda, Host of TSN’s That’s Hockey, Gerard “Turk” Gallant, assistant coach of the Montreal Canadiens, Dion Phaneuf, captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs, actress Elisha Cuthbert, and SOPEI’s Female Athlete of the Year, Rachael Loggie.

Additional celebrity guests are expected to be announced in the coming days.

The festival, being held June 24, is the largest annual fundraising event for Special Olympics P.E.I.

This two-part event includes a luncheon in Summerside at the Credit Union Place, and a Gala Dinner and Auction in Charlottetown at the Delta Prince Edward Hotel.

Tickets for the Luncheon are $35 each, or $275 for a corporate table, while tickets for the Gala are $110 each, or $880 for a corporate table, and are available by calling Charity Sheehan at 902-368-8919.

Special Olympics is a charitable organization dedicated to enriching the lives of Islanders with an intellectual disability through sport.

More than 500 athletes train and compete in over 50 programs, year-round, in communities across the Island. For more information about Special Olympics please visit