02-05-08 Update: Officers "Freezin' for a Reason" bring in $23,000
Boise, Feb 5, 2003 - Once again the community answered the call and helped local police officers and firefighters raise some $23,000 during last weekends Penguin Plunge, a frosty fund raiser for Idaho Special Olympics.
The $23,000 raised does not include some corporate donations that are pledged but not yet collected.
Boise Police Officer Tim Beaudoin was joined by Boise Firefighter Lance Sellers, Meridian Firefighter Mike Myers, KQFC Radio deejay Cory Mikhals, Eric Willis of Home Mortgage of Idaho, and dozens of other community supporters who showed up at different times throughout the 48 hour plunge to take an icey dip in a pool set up in the Wal Mart parking lot in West Boise.
One group of students from Fruitland High School, led by members of the Fruitland High girls basketball team, showed up at the Penguin Plunge to donate a whopping $2,500 in donations the students had collected.
"It was really cold, and we were really tired, but seeing the community rally with support was well worth it," said Officer Beaudoin. "Knowing that so many people in this community see how truly remarkable the Special Olympics athletes are, that's what keeps you jumping in that icey water hour after hour!"
The law enforcement community all over Idaho has adopted Special Olympics as a favorite cause, and many officers from dozens of agencies statewide donate many hours to help raise money for Idaho Special Olympics. The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the grass roots fundraising arm of Special Olympics World Wide. During the final leg for the Law Enforcement Torch Run in 2009 officers from around the world will come to Idaho to carry the flame of hope for the Olympics.
The next local fundraiser will be the Law Enforcement Torch Run in Boise Feb. 25th. Look forward to details on that event soon!
Police & Fire Officers ask Public's Support for Special Olympics fund raiser!
Who: Officer Tim Beaudoin, Boise Police; Firefighter Lance Sellers, Boise Fire; Firefighter Mike Myers, Meridian Fire; Cory Mikhals, the Big 98 KQFC radio; and Eric Willis, Home Mortage of Idaho. These brave souls will be making the plunge every hour for 48 hours!
Where: the Wal Mart parking lot at Fairview and Eagle.
When: The plunge begins at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, January 31st, and wraps up Saturday, February 2 at noon.
How to Donate: Log onto www.idso.org, or call the Special Olympics office Thursday or Friday 323-0482.
Update: Boise, Jan. 30, 2008 - In support of the Idaho Special Olympics, The Boise Police Association challenges Treasure Valley businesses to help meet or match the BPA donation to the Penguin Plunge of $2,500. If business support contributions do help meet or match the initial $2,500 donation, the BPA will contribute an additional $2,500, making the BPA contribution a total of $5,000.
The Boise Police Association, an organization whose membership is made up of nearly all Boise Police Department employees, both sworn and non-sworn, has a long tradition of joining other law enforcement agencies in support of Idaho Special Olympics.
Now the BPA is challenging other businesses or organizations to help meet or match the BPA contribution.
According to Boise Police Officer Tim Beaudoin, who helps coordinate law enforcement support of Idaho Special Olympics, businesses who make any sizable donation to Special Olympics through the Penguin Plunge event, will also be afforded sponsorship credits for future fund raising events!
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Boise, Jan. 23, 2008 - Officers from Boise Police, Boise Fire, Meridian Fire and supporters from private business are about to be "freezin' for a reason" as they take part in the annual Penguin Plunge, a frosty fund raiser for Idaho Special Olympics.
And the officers are asking the public to support them once again as they take the plunge every hour on the hour for two straight days! The frosty fun begins Thursday, January 31st.
The plunge definitely makes a splash in raising money and awareness for Idaho's Special Olympians. Local law enforcement, with the help of local Fire Departments and business supporters, has organized the Penguin Plunge every year, but it's also open to the public! Anyone who pledges or raises $100 or more for Special Olympics can join in the plunge!
To learn more about how to support this icey Idaho effort, log onto www.idso.org.
Folks are also invited out to support those "freezin' for a reason" with their cheers and encouragement, and can also drop off donations at the plunge.