They abandoned all of their comfort and a bit of their dignity last Saturday when they jumped into cold water for a great cause. They were the intrepid souls who raised money for Special Olympics Connecticut at the Winsted Penguin Plunge at Highland Lake.
The event is billed as the largest grass roots fundraiser in the state for Special Olympics CT, and they proved it Saturday. The group raised nearly $80,000 for the charity which provides year round training and competitions for 12,000 Connecticut athletes with intellectual disabilities as well as Unified Sports which partners SO athletes with teammates without intellectual disabilities.
Now the real story at the Winsted Penguin Plunge was the number of young people involved. Groups from Torrington and Pomperaug High Schools as well as the elementary schools of Region 7, and the Boy Scouts from Troop 23 in Torrington plunged in full uniform.
All in all, kids made up over 25% of the total participants at the Plunge. And that’s not counting the hundreds, if not thousands of high schoolers who serve as partners in the Unified Sports program
I’ve written before about the significant role that our young people play in local charities , and I’ll surely be reporting about it again. Our young people don’t get enough credit for all they do.
Til next time
The Winsted Penguin Plunge will be held Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the Highland Lake Boat Launch, 278 Lake St., Winsted, CT 06098. This is the “largest grass roots fundraiser to benefit Special Olympics CT.”
The Penguin Plunge is a wintertime fundraiser for Special Olympics Connecticut. Participants (“Penguins”) of all ages register and get pledges and then join with others, either as an individual or as part of a team, to jump into the cold water for fun and a great cause!
Entrants, who must be 8 years old or more, are asked to raise a minimum of $100 each to participate in the Penguin Plunge, but there are great incentive prizes for those who meet higher fundraising levels. Those who do not want to take the plunge can still participate in the fundraising effort. Entrants are asked to raise their funds early enough to bring them the day of the event.
Register online at give.classy.org/winstedplunge for a free event T shirt. Costumes are encouraged. Get a printable registration form at soct.org.
The Plunge day schedule is as follows:
10:00 am Registration
12:00 noon Plunge
1:00 pm Awards for fundraisers, best costumes and other festivities.
The money raised through Penguin Plunges benefit over 12,000 athletes and Unified Sports® partners state-wide who participate year-round in 27 different sports training and athletic competitions for children and adults with intellectual disabilities and their peers without disabilities. The Penguin Plunge is one of the largest fundraising efforts for Special Olympics Connecticut.
For more information call (203) 230-1201 ext. 270 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Special Olympics CT visit soct.org.
The Highland Lake 10K Road Race will run Saturday, October 6, 2018 next to the boat launch on Highland Lake in Winsted, CT.
The race is a USATF sanctioned event and course.
No boat launch parking.
Timing by Greystone Electronics Corp.
The race day schedule is as follows:
10:00 am Race begins (visit greystoneracing.net for registration time)
Awards and door prizes after races
Awards will be presented to the top three overall winners, both male and female as well as the top finisher, male and female in each of nine age categories.
A portion of the proceeds from the race will go to USATF.
For more information visit greystoneracing.net.
The 5K Highland Hustle will be held Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018 at Highland Lake, West Lake Road, Winsted, CT. This is the third race in the NWCT YMCA Grand Prix Race Series which is presented by Center Subaru.
In addition to the 5k, there will be 2 Mile Walk and 1 Mile Kid’s Run options.
5K runners $20; after Oct. 23rd $25; Race Day $30.
Walking 2 Mile $20; after Oct. 23rd $25; Race Day $30.
Runners 1 Mile $15 (for runners 12 years old and under).
Free T shirts for adults and Kids if registered by Sept. 20th.
To register visit nwcty.org/highlandhustle and click on “Register” bar.
Race Day Schedule:
8:00 – 8:55 am Check in and race day registration
9:00 am 5K Race and 2 Mile walk begin
9:10 am (approx) Kids 1 Mile race begins
Refreshments and awards after races
Prizes will be awarded for 1st through 3rd place for male/female overall. Top male and females in their respective age division will also be awarded a prize.
Proceeds from the race will benefit YMCA charitable services to help deserving individuals and families with membership and program fees.
For more information visit nwcty.org/highlandhustle.
The 5K Highland Hustle is the third event in the Grand Prix series benefiting the NWCT YMCA. The other races are the WYLD Obstacle Run in June; the Canaan Railroad Days Run in July. The fourth and final event of the season will be the 5K Monster Dash on Nov. 3rd. Please go to the Running/Walking Calendar to learn more about these races.