Live Large In Hollywood For A Good Cause

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    A Southern California home is being raffled off to raise money for the Special Olympics.

    Valerie Jean Alvord: Have you ever dreamed of living large in Hollywood, may be in a spectacular house like this? A dream house raffle to raise money for the Special Olympics could give you that chance and you might even get to meet Rafer Johnson, the legendary Olympics decathlon gold medal winner who founded Special Olympics of Southern California.

    Bill Shumard: Here we are in the dream house. This is our third annual dream house raffle, to our raffling off this beautiful two million dollar house built in 1917 in the Hollywood Hills, great view of the LA skyline, oh my gosh if these walls could talk.

    This house can be yours if you purchased even one ticket to the dream house raffle which is a $150.

    Valerie Jean Alvord: It's the third time Special Olympics has used a raffle to raise money. The first two events were so successful; they are considering making it an annual affair. And if you win the raffle, you don't have to take the house. You can opt for a cash prize of half the ticket sales. In 2011 the winner walked away with more than $800,000.

    Matthew Raymundi: The raffle, it helps us compete in sports and to uniforms and -- so I am very thankful for that.

    Valerie Jean Alvord: Olympics icon Rafer Johnson is the face of Special Olympics here in Southern California. He is dedicated to giving passed over athletes the same shot he got when he was growing up poor in rural California.

    Rafer Johnson: I don't think that no matter how talented the person is, you're not going to be the best you can be unless someone helps you.

    Valerie Jean Alvord: Johnson, who was given the special honor of lighting the torch for the 1984 summer Olympics here in Los Angeles is considered by many to be the beating heart of Olympic Sports in this region.

    Rafer Johnson: I am here because of what happened to my athletic career. People helped me do that, and I expect to do the same for special athletes.

    Valerie Jean Alvord: Reporting from Los Angeles, I am Valerie Jean Alvord.