Inaugural United States Olympic Gold Medal Winners
Resorts International Hotel Casino
Atantic City, New Jersey
Saturday, October 27, 1979
Casino sponsors Olympic fund drive
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - In an effort to raise money for the 1980 U.S. Olympic Team, Resorts International Hotel Casino has invited all American Olympic gold medal winners to a $500-a-plate dinner hosted by Frank Sinatra and Gov. Brendan T. Byrne.
All 350 living U.S. Olympic champion have been asked to attend the Oct. 27 dinner at the casino hotel. Resorts International say 69 winners have already agreed to come.
The casino hotel and the U.S. Olympic Committee hope to raise $225,000 by luring 1,400 contributors to the black-tie affair. The money will be used for the American Olympic cause in Moscow and Lake Placid, N.Y.
"It's an idea never done before, to have all the American gold medal winners in one place," said David W. Brown of Springfield, N.J., chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee.
"If you want to rub shoulders with the greatest United States gold medal winners, you should come."
Brown said the weekend's activities would include gymnastics, boxing and fencing exhibitions by athletes headed for the 1980 games.
Resorts International is paying all expenses for the visiting athletes, including air fare to and from Atlantic City, Brown said.
The money will be added to the $100,000 already raised in New Jersey for the 1980 Olympics, he said.
Resorts International officials said Sinatra will be the honorary toastmaster and Byrne will be honorary chairman of the event's fund-raising committee.
Among the athletes who have already agreed to come are Bob Mathias, 1948 and 1952 decathlon winner; Don Schollander, winner of five swimming medals in 1964 and 1968; Bob Richards, 1952 and 1956 pole vault winner; Anne Henning, 1972 speed skater; Peggy Fleming Jenkins, 1968 speed figure skater; and Wilma Rudolph, winner of three track and field medals in 1960.
Lakeland Ledger, August 31, 1979