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Penguin Plunge

2015 Penguin Plunge Event Series

North Bennington Penguin Plunge |Saturday, January 31st

Newport Penguin Plunge |Sunday, February 1st

20th Anniversary Burlington Penguin Plunge & Cool School Penguin Plunge | Saturday, February 7th

Registration for the 2015 Penguin Plunge event series is open! Plungers are encouraged to register online and create a personal fundraising page to make it easy for family and friends to donate. Click here to register.

Once you’ve registered it’s time to start fundraising.  Fundraising levels vary based on Penguin Plunge location.

  • North Bennington – $25 registration fee + $75 fundraising minimum ($50 min. for students K-12)
  • Newport – $25 registration fee + $75 fundraising minimum ($50 min. for students K-12)
  • Burlington – $25 registration fee + $150 fundraising minimum
  • Cool School Penguin Plunge – $150 fundraising minimum (this event is for k-12 school-based Plunge teams only!)

All Plungers will receive a Penguin Plunge hat and towel. Fundraising incentives will be announced in October.

Sponsors & Supporters

2014 Penguin Plunge Final Report

Is your business/company/organization interested in partnering with Special Olympics Vermont for the 20th anniversary of Vermont’s most recognizable winter event?  Check out the 2014 Penguin Plunge final report. For more information and to review specific sponsorship opportunities please contact Liza Reed, Marketing and Events Manager. (802) 861-0275



Find us on Facebook! See pictures from past Penguin Plunge events and stay up to date on event incentives, opportunities and important news.




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).



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