Polar Plunge Special Olympics Oregon NEWS PHOTOS VIDEOS VOLUNTEER

Partnering again with Lithia Motors, Inc.

Dec 30, 2016 •

Lithia Motors Inc. continues to generously support Special Olympics Oregon through their sponsorship of the 2017 Polar Plunge.

This sponsorship is an example of how Lithia Motors Inc. strives to provide an emphasis on employee volunteerism and community involvement. They seek to promote and enhance local youth development through efforts that allow for local support that positively impacts and improves the vitality of a healthy community.

With locations all over the state of Oregon, there is sure to be one near you.  They will be represented by their friendly and helpful staff at each of the five plunges.  Here are the dealerships who will be participating with plunge teams.  Be sure to thank them for their support of our over 13,000 Special Olympic Oregon participants.

Medford CJD
Grants Pass Dodge
Portland Buick GMC
Bend Chevy
Bend Honda
Mini of Portland
Salem VW
Medford Toyota
Portland Cadillac
Medford Honda
Salem Honda
Medford VW
Medford Nissan
Medford BMW
Eugene Dodge
Eugene Nissan
Springfield Toyota
Mercedes Benz of Portland
Oregon City Subaru

Welcome Legacy Health and PacificSource

Dec 12, 2016 •

A big THANK YOU to our friends over at Legacy Health and PacificSource.  They are partnering with Special Olympics Oregon and the Polar Plunge as title sponsor of the Polar Plunge 5k Fun Run.  Through their generous support, thousands of athletes with intellectual disabilities all over the state will have the opportunity for a happier and healthier life.
The Legacy Health PacificSource Polar Plunge 5k Fun Run is a great family friendly event.  A point-to-point course on the Marine Drive Trail along the beautiful Columbia River. The finish line is on Broughton Beach located at the Gleason Boat Ramp. Arrive just in time for the amazing Portland Polar Plunge activities, with lots of free food, hot beverages, and a Winter Beach Party with live music and much more.

Burgerville supports Special Olympics Oregon this October

Oct 18, 2016 •

Burgerville locations across the region are partnering with Special Olympics Oregon to raise support and awareness for the 2017 Polar Plunge. October 17-31, 26 Burgerville restaurants from Corvallis to Vancouver are inviting customers to make $1 or $5 donations towards the Polar Plunge and hang a personalized icon in store.

Come February, Burgerville employees will be taking the Plunge in Oregon’s icy rivers, based on the funds raised in their store. Visit the participating Burgerville in your neighborhood to support Special Olympics Oregon and its 13,000 participants!

Burgerville is statewide sponsor of the 2017 Polar Plunge and long-time supporter of the Special Olympics Oregon Summer State Games.

Fred Meyer Renews!

Sep 29, 2016 •

Fred Meyer has renewed its presenting sponsorship for the 2017 and 2018 Polar Plunge. Fred Meyer has been instrumental in the success of the Polar Plunge. Through financial investment, in-kind incentives, marketing support, and employee engagement, Fred Meyer has made the Polar Plunge a company-wide endeavor. Special Olympics Oregon and the Law Enforcement Torch Run couldn’t ask for a more involved and engaged presenting sponsor. Thank you to Fred Meyer leadership and employees across the State for making Special Olympics Oregon and the Polar Plunge one of your community priorities.

We Love Coca-Cola

Feb 01, 2016 •

For 47 years, Coca-Cola and Special Olympics have shared a partnership which celebrates inclusion.  As a global sponsor of Special Olympics, Coca-Cola has proudly supported the Special Olympics Games.  Locally, Coca-Cola financially supports Special Olympics Oregon and provides thousands of dollars in donated bottled water for our athletes participating in the Summer State Games and Polar Plunge.  Coca-Cola employees also volunteer their time at Special Olympics events including taking the Polar Plunge!

Thank you to our friends at Coca-Cola!

Thank you Burgerville!

Jan 22, 2016 •

Burgerville is a Proud Sponsor of the Polar Plunge!

Built on a tradition of serving fresh food made with local ingredients, Burgerville continues to partner with neighboring farms and businesses that share their commitment to quality food and regional vitality. From a single restaurant in 1961 to over 40 across the Pacific Northwest, they continue to push the boundaries of quality and transparency.

This year Burgerville became a statewide sponsor by selling Polar Plunge icon's in 22 of their Portland area restaurants and raised over $10,000 for Special Olympics Oregon

It’s no wonder Burgerville is a hometown favorite!

Thank You Les Schwab!

Jan 08, 2016 •

Shivery Schwabsicles

Les Schwab Tire Centers has been a longtime friend and partner of Special Olympics Oregon. The partnership spreads across the entire SOOR mission – from critical support of State Games to the presenting sponsor of the Respect Campaign to Polar Plunge! Their dedication to our mission is amazing and even extends to the Shivering Schwabsicles who have braved the Deschutes River since the very first Bend Polar Plunge!

We love Les Schwab! Next time you're in the market for tires or brakes, get them at Les Schwab and tell them how much you appreciate what they do for Special Olympics Oregon.

On Plunge Day, be sure to stop by and sign the Respect banner and pledge to show RESPECT to all

Thank you Lithia Auto Stores!

Dec 28, 2015 •

Our friends at Lithia Motors, Inc. (NYSE: LAD) continue their generous support of Special Olympics Oregon with statewide store sponsorship of the 2016 Polar Plunge.

Lithia Motors, Inc. is committed to supporting the communities they serve. Through their “Lithia 4Kids” Program, Lithia prioritizes giving to efforts that inspire, educate, strengthen and empower youth.

An Oregon-based Fortune 500 Company, Lithia Motors, Inc. currently has 23 stores in the state and is the largest automotive company in Oregon. A Lithia store is most likely located near your community and can be found in all five  Special Olympics Oregon Polar Plunge cities.

Let the staff at your nearby Lithia Motors, Inc. store know how much you appreciate their community support next time you shop for a new or used vehicle.

Thank you Aerotek!

Dec 16, 2015 •

Thank you Aerotek for your Statewide Sponsorship!

Aerotek is a leader in the recruiting and staffing industry. With more than three decades in the recruiting and staffing industry, they have developed the knowledge and skills to deliver the perfect fit between a candidate and an employer.

Aerotek has had one of the top Polar Plunge teams in the state for several years, raising over $20,000. This year we are happy to welcome them as a Statewide Polar Plunge Sponsor!

Thank you for all of your amazing support Aerotek!

We Love Our Presenting Sponsor FredMeyer!

Dec 02, 2015 •

Fred Meyer Plunge Team

We love our Presenting Sponsor FredMeyer!

With more than 130 stores and 30,000 employees FredMeyer is one of the most successful retailers in the West. And one of the biggest supporters of Special Olympics Oregon!

FredMeyer has been the Presenting Sponsor of the Oregon Polar Plunge for several years.  They support us in so many ways including hosting our pre-event check-in nights, promoting the plunges in each community, putting together many Polar Plunge teams each year and doing a great job of partnering with SOOR to make sure the Polar Plunges are the best they can be.

Thank you FredMeyer!

Sponsor We Love: Starbucks

Mar 03, 2015 •


From the beginning, Starbucks set out to be a different kind of company. One that not only celebrated coffee and the rich tradition, but that also brought a feeling of connection. Today, with more than 21,000 stores in 65 countries, Starbucks is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world.

They make sure everything they do is through the lens of humanity--from their commitment to the highest quality coffee in the world, to the way they engage with their customers and communities to do business responsibly. And we're so thankful that includes their generous support of Special Olympics Oregon through the Polar Plunge.

A Sponsor We Love: PEMCO Insurance

Jan 05, 2015 •

We want to give a huge thank you to one of our most generous sponsors. PEMCO Insurance, established in 1949, is a Seattle-based provider of auto, home, boat, and umbrella insurance.

PEMCO strives to improve the quality of life in the communities they serve. In our case, by generously donating to the Polar Plunge.

Next time you're in the market for insurance, think about PEMCO.

A Sponsor We Love: Les Schwab Tire Centers

Dec 05, 2014 •

Les Schwab Tire Centers has partnered with Special Olympics Oregon to help promote Respect, Unity, and Pride in Performance to Oregon students.

As part of their partnership, they are sponsoring the Polar Plunge, including outreach and registration in schools. They're a crucial partner in helping us spread awareness of Special Olympics Oregon's mission and ways students can help (including Polar Plunge).

We also love the way Les Schwab has helped us with their Respect banners. All plungers and attendees are encouraged to sign the Respect banner, which are a powerful reminder of how much we can do to show support for our athletes.

Next time you're in the market for tires or brakes, get them at Les Schwab and tell them how much you appreciate what they do for Special Olympics Oregon.

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