US Olympic Benefit
October 1978-1979, NYC
Bruce Hopewell, a member of the Wall Street Olympic Committee and event producer, staged a historic, first-ever jazz concert on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in October 1978 benefiting the United States Olympic Committee. The event raised in excess of $150K to benefit and aid U.S. Olympic athletes.
The following year Mr. Hopewell also produced the first U.S. Olympic Fundraiser Concert on the floor of the American Stock Exchange, featuring top Jazz and Latin artists such as: The Machito Orchestra, Ellis Larkins, Roy Haynes, Earl May, Clifford Jordan, Howard Mcghee, Tommy Flanagan, and Johnny Hartman.
Bruce has been an ardent supporter of Track and Field for decades. He was a member of the US Olympic Committee by serving as an official. He attended several Olympics most notably the Olympics in 1972 and witnessed the tragedy of those games. Bruce was in attendance during many of the Melrose Games at Madison Square Garden.
Upon moving to CA, Bruce continued his support as he and Mary attended many of the US Olympic Trials in Sacramento and Eugene, OR. They also traveled to and enjoyed the PENN RELAYS each year. Bruce was an icon at the relays having secured finish line tickets over 60 years ago and being present each year. As one might imagine, over the years, he witnessed up and coming high school track stand outs, the Jamaican rivals as well as previews of US Olympic hopefuls.
1: Mary & Bruce celebrating a US win over Jamaica, viewed from their finish line seats.
2: US Women’s Olympic Development Relay Team getting ready to take the winner’s circle platform.
3: US versus the World, start of the Women’s Relay.
In 2006, Bruce and Mary were invited to Beijing to consider an association with UNESCO. This meeting opened other avenues resulting in Bruce and the Head of UNESCO, Doreen Chin-Huang, collaborating with representatives and colleagueto arrange for the interpreters that served the US officials during the Beijing Olympics. Bruce and Doreen collaborated on other projects and remained dear friends since their first meeting.