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.
POLAR PLUNGE 2012 FINAL RESULTS
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!
Portland, May 16th. State Senator Betsy Johnson and other civic leaders were honored at the Global Business Awards Luncheon. The evet organizer, former Hilton executive Serge D’Rovencourt, earned high marks from Special Olympics Oregon athletes like Jen Darris. Other awards were given to Dick Alexander, Clayton Hering, Dr. Cheryl Roberts and Dr. Herbert Semler.
Global Business Luncheon
Best-selling author and philanthropist Gerry Frank emceed the luncheon, which recognized Oregon’s outstanding individuals in international business and honored the legacy of past civic and business leaders. State Treasurer Ted Wheeler accepted a memorial tribute on behalf of his father, Samuel C. Wheeler. Other tributes memorialized C. M. “Mort” Bishop, Jr., John Perry Bledsoe, Roger S. Meier, Warne H. Nunn, Carol Brooks Rawlinson, Stanley M. Samuels, Harold J. Schnitzer and U.S. Senator Mark O. Hatfield.
Ken and Joan Austin, Herb Semler, M.D. and Gerry Frank,
The luncheon was held at the Portland Hilton and Tower and featured special guests Ken and Joan Austin, founders of A-dec, Inc., and Kerry Tymchuk, Executive Director of the Oregon Historical Society and Board Chair of Special Olympics Oregon.
“The Global Business Awards has become a tradition where some of Oregon’s truly great individuals are honored. Special Olympics Oregon is very thankful to benefit from this luncheon, and will use any and all donations to further our mission of providing training for life for children and adults with intellectual disability and serving the largest disability population in the state,” said Mr. Tymchuk.
Year-End update: “Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.” The unknown author of this quote must know something about an organization driven by an important mission. Thanks to the horse sense, persistence and the flaming enthusiasm of athletes, volunteers, donors, staff, and Board of Directors, Special Olympics Oregon had an exciting year of success!
Special Olympics Oregon Summer State Games 2011
Special Olympics Oregon 2011
From Special Olympics Oregon:
Our number of individuals with intellectual disability served increased statewide by 17%.
Our grand Summer State Games returned after a two-year economy-triggered suspension.
Our 30 volunteer-driven Local Programs serving our participants year-round in every county stayed strong.
Our major fundraising events – The Governors’ Gold Awards, The Bite of Oregon, Polar Plunge – exceeded expected revenue.
Our quota of volunteer Special Olympics Oregon coaches increased from 35 newly-trained in 2010 to 227 in 2011.
Our number of great friends increased – more companies, individuals and organizations caught the vision of Special Olympics Oregon’s momentous impact on the lives of thousands with intellectual disabilities, their families and their communities. Over and over again, we heard those magnificent words: I want to help.
Special Olympics Oregon Polar Plunge 2011
Special Olympics Oregon Governors' Gold Awards 2011
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To all of you, we say with full hearts, “Thank you.” You have helped in ways you may not even imagine. You have changed lives, changed hearts, changed the world. We are most grateful. Hear first hand from athletes and coaches what Special Olympics Oregon has meant to them this year:
What does Special Olympics Oregon mean to you?
Special Olympics Oregon (SOOR) has given my son a chance to be included and accepted just the way he is. They have provided priceless and endless resources for us as parents. Most importantly SOOR has filled our hearts with joy. My son has a chance to actually be on a team, playing a sport that he loves right at his own school! I am thankful for a way to fulfill his dreams and wishes! Thank you SOOR, without you it would not be possible! (Kristy Minor, Special Olympics Oregon Parent)
How did you get your start in Special Olympics Oregon?
I started participating in Special Olympics Oregon back in the 1992 softball season. It was one of the best moves that I ever made for myself. It has been 17 seasons that I have been a Special Olympics Oregon Athlete and I can tell you from personal experience that I have enjoyed each and every game that I have played over the years. I never think of just myself. It is very important to me that I get my teammates involved with the games that we all play as a team. We all win and lose as one team and NOT individual players. Playing games in all sports for Special Olympics Oregon is a lot of fun. I just never want it to end. (Nathan LaMarche, Special Olympics Oregon Athlete)
What has Special Olympics Oregon done for you this year?
Special Olympics is one of those rare and amazing opportunities to be a part of something bigger than myself. As a coach I get to look into each athlete and see endless possibilities that they may not even know they have. I can set goals and see the athletes far surpass them. As a parent of an athlete, I get to see my daughter make friends that are unconditionally loving and accepting. We all get to treat each other as precious, valuable, gifted and strong! There is always encouragement and recognition available to everyone. I have seen over the last 21 years so many lives changed for the better, and relationships built that last a lifetime. With every challenge is a miracle getting ready to happen! (Cindy Miguel, Special Olympics Oregon Coach)
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