Special Olympics Oregon is gearing up for the big state games this weekend and also saying thanks to supporters who helped make them possible.

Ryan Avery from Special Olympics Oregon tells Portland Society Page…

The Plunge Was A HUGE SUCCESS — Thanks To More Than 3,100 Plungers !
Wow. Talk about turning Conventional Wisdom on its head. We were told that in 2012 charitable organizations are expecting stalling participation rates and shrinking contributions. But not for Polar Plunge Oregon. We actually saw the number of plungers go up (again!), the number of teams go up (again!) and the amount raised is expected to equal last year’s record-breaking level (!!!).

” It’s difficult to find the words to fully express our gratitude to plungers like you who got out there and worked harder than ever to recruit your teams and then raise funds. Not to mention the fact that all your work got you dunked in freezing cold water.” Allison Ellermeier, VP of Development at Special Olympics Oregon said.  “Ask any one of our athletes and he or she will tell you: Thank you for making Special Olympics Oregon possible for me.”

Tony with Loving On Portland did a great video report from the Portland Plunge. He talked to team leaders, coaches, plungers and really captured the excitement of the event. Watch the video.

See all the photos fromt this years Polar Plunge on Facebook.


Medford: 450 Plungers, $44,000 raised

Eugene: 255 Plungers, $29,000 raised

Portland: 1550 Plungers, $263,000

Corvallis: 420 Plungers, $55,000

Bend: 475 Plungers, $69,000

OREGON GRAND TOTAL: 3,150 Polar Plungers, over $460,000!