The BASOC Night of Champions dinner celebrating the opening of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games was held Friday, February 12th at the San Francisco Hyatt Regency Embarcadero. The evening kicked off with a champagne reception featuring champagne by Barefoot Wines. Guests played Mario & Sonic go to the Olympic Winter Games and Vancouver 2010 the Official Olympic Winter Games on three video games kiosks staged by Sega. Guests bid on silent auction items featuring over thirty one of a kind Olympic autographed memorabilia from many legendary USA Olympians and some Bay Area restaurant, event and getaway packages.
Dinner guests were officially welcomed by Anne Cribbs, 1960 Olympian and BASOC's CEO along with special guest Canadian Consul General, Stewart Beck. Consul General Beck spoke to the audience about Canada's excitement in being selected to host the 2010 Winter Games seven years ago all the hard work the Vancouver Organizing Committee has put into planning the Olympic Games and how proud the entire country is to host the world's best athletes.
The evening's official emcee was NBC Bay Area news anchor Diane Dwyer who shared her favorite Olympic moments. Diane hosted the live NBC broadcast shown on several big screens.
Many Northern California's Olympians from past Games were in attendance and came to the stage and introduced themselves, their Olympic year and sport along with an outstanding personal Olympic experience.
DInner created by the Hyatt chefs, was delicious and Chardonnay and Merlot wines were provided by Wente Vineyards of Livermore Valley. Each guest received a special gift of artisan chocolates made by the Raffine Chocolate company. Everyone enjoyed the NBC broadcast of the Opening Ceremonies and caught the Olympic Five-Ring Fever.
Check out pictures of the evening here.