Special Olympics Vermont

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Penguin Plunge

2014 Penguin Plunge Event Series

North Bennington Penguin Plunge | Saturday, February 1, 11am

Burlington Penguin Plunge | Saturday, February 8, 11am

Newport Penguin Plunge | SUNDAY, February 16, 1pm

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The top two individual fundraisers for the 2014 Penguin Plunge event series will receive a round trip ticket to any domestic city courtesy of our friends at JetBlue!

Registration Information

Online registration is quick and easy. Create your personalized fundraising page, start or join a Plunge team, and keep your supporters up to date on your Plunge experience. Visit http://www.firstgiving.com/vtso and select your Plunge from the Events box on the right.

***Plungers who are unable to register online my use this form. Please print and complete the form and waiver, enclose the $25 registration fee and mail both to the SOVT office.

Once you’ve registered it’s time to start fundraising.  Fundraising levels vary based on Penguin Plunge location.  Please note the fundraising minimums for the North Bennington, Burlington and Newport Penguin Plunge events.

  • North Bennington – $25 registration fee + $75 fundraising minimum ($50 min. for students K-12)
  • Burlington – $25 registration fee + $150 fundraising minimum
  • Newport – $25 registration fee + $75 fundraising minimum ($50 min. for students K-12)
***Keep track of cash/check donations using this form

Fundraising Incentives
Plungers who raise $500 or more are eligible to receive these great incentive items!Burton synth messenger bag

  • $500 – $749: Penguin Plunge travel mug
  • $750 – $999: Penguin Plunge long sleeve t-shirt
  • $1,000 – $1,999: Full zip fleece
  • $2,000+: Burton Synth messenger bag

Additional raffle prizes will be announced!

Sponsors & Supporters

Is your business/company/organization interested in partnering with Vermont’s most recognizable winter event?  View our 2013 Penguin Plunge Final Report for an overview of the series demographics and statistics as well as a 2014 Penguin Plunge Sponsorship Matrix.

Plunge History

In 1996 a few hearty 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 2014:  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).


Get inspired by these great photos from the 2013 Penguin Plunge

Leif Tillotson
Stephen Mease
Ryan Nolin

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