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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.

Sponsor We Love: Coke

Jan 27, 2015 •

Along with refreshing millions of people each day, the company has an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities. They are focused on initiatives that reduce their environmental footprint, support active, healthy living, create a safe, inclusive work environment for their associates, and enhance the economic development of the communities where they operate.

And once again, Coke has put together a team for the Portland Plunge!

We're so grateful for their generous support of Special Olympics Oregon and their willingness to join us in the cold water.

So next time you're thirsty enjoy a Coke, Sprite, Minute Maid, Honest Tea, Odwalla, Dasani, or one of their hundreds of other great beverages.

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.

A Sponsor We Love: Fred Meyer

Nov 21, 2014 •

With more than 130 stores and 30,000 employees Fred Meyer is one of the most successful retailers in the West. And one of the biggest supporters of Special Olympics in Oregon. But did you know  our favorite one-stop store was named for a real person?

Fred G. Meyer (originally Frederick Grubmeyer) came to Portland, Oregon in 1908 when he was 22 years old. Drawing on his experience working for his family’s grocery business, Mr. Meyer began selling coffee from a horse-drawn cart to workers at farms and lumber camps.

He opened his first store in 1922 and with his focus on the Customer (always with a capital C) he grew and became successful, soon adding more stores. And more than 90 years later Fred Meyer stores treat shoppers as Customers.

Fred Meyer has been a long-time supporter of Special Olympics Oregon, and is the Presenting Sponsor of the Oregon plunges.  They support us in so many ways including hosting our pre-event check-in nights (and providing towels to attendees), 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.  We love Fred Meyer!

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