Special Olympics Vermont

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Penguin Plunge


The 2015 Penguin Plunge Event Series has come to a close! Thanks to all who made our 20th Plunge the biggest and best yet!

Here are some news stories about this year’s events:





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Plunge History

In 1996 a few hardy souls jumped into Lake Champlain during the Burlington Winter Carnival and raised more than $8,000 for Special Olympics Vermont.  The initial fundraising efforts exceeded expectations and by the following year, $27,000 was raised at the second annual Burlington Penguin Plunge.

Fast forward to 2015:  The Penguin Plunge is now a three-part event series reaching 1,500 brave participants across Vermont and from surrounding states. This highly anticipated fundraising event now attracts school groups, sports teams, businesses, families and law enforcement, all of whom show that they have 32 degrees of courage.  All registered participants receive a “warm” token of appreciation for braving the frigid temperatures and raising funds for Special Olympics Vermont. Prizes are awarded to the top individual fundraiser, largest community/business team, largest school group and best costume(s).



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