Katten was proud to sponsor and participate in the 13th annual Special Olympics Southern California Plane Pull at Long Beach Airport on August 18. The event tested a team of attorneys, staff, family and friends from the firm's four California offices, as they attempted to be the fastest to pull a 124,000-pound FedEx Boeing 757 airplane 12 feet down the runway to help raise awareness and funding for athletes with intellectual disabilities. The team was led by honorary co-pilot Rachel Osterbach, a Special Olympics athlete, global messenger and cast member of A&E's "Born This Way" reality TV series.
In the end, the team tugged the jet in 6.95 seconds, only 1.5 seconds slower than the winner. In a press release, Katten chairman Roger Furey said, "Special Olympics has such a significant impact on so many children and adults through sports. We're very proud to partner with this wonderful organization and to be part of the movement for a more accepting and inclusive society."
Los Angeles—Century City office partner David Halberstadter said, "We wanted to be more involved in an organization that has a massive impact on Southern California, and not just for lawyers in the firm, but those altogether with their families to support an organization with a mission that touches so many families."
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See "IN PICTURES: The Annual Plane Pull at LGB for the Special Olympics," Long Beach Post, August 18, 2018.