Although the plunge may be over, the THANK YOU'S continue... Hopkins Hill Fire Department has raised almost $100,000 over the past 17 years! This year alone they raised almost $20,000! We truly thank all the members of the department who continuously support this event!
Also a big thank you to the Rhode Island Freemasons who have been growing in participation over the past few years. This year their goal was to have 100 plungers raising money (mission accomplished). This year the Masons raised over $17,000.
It doesn't matter if you plunge alone or as a group.
If you raise $20 or $2,000, Special Olympics Rhode Island is TRULY THANKFUL for your support!
How about a big thank you to our friends from the Rhode Island State Police for their outstanding support of the Penguin Plunge. RISP actually helps SORI year round with the various fundraising and athletic events held state wide.
Several members of the RI State Police volunteered at the 42nd annual Penguin Plunge for Special Olympics of Rhode Island at Roger Wheeler State Beach in Narrag...ansett yesterday. Troopers Daniel O'Neil, Andrew Elsing, Amy Jackman, Jim Hudson, Tyler Denniston, Jeffrey Fraser, Bradley Nuhn and Trooper Brendan Morgan as well as Detective Kyle Shibley donated their time to provide security and traffic control for the participants and athletes at the event. (It was rescheduled to yesterday because of dangerously cold temperatures on New Year's Day, when it was originally scheduled to be held.)
Tomorrow is the big day and we are so excited! We hope you are too! No, we aren’t talking about the Pats game, we are taking about the Penguin Plunge!(although we are very excited about the game).
Registration opens at 10:00, PLUNGE AT 12 NOON. We promise you will be dry and warm and home well before 3:00 kick off!
Don’t forget to stop by the registration tent to register and get your wrist band when you arrive. And keep up the great fundraising! It’s never too late to send out a last minute push to friends and family. All monies raised directly benefit the 3,500 athletes in RI who train and competed and participate our year round sports programs at no cost to them. It’s our goal to raise $120,000, please help us reach this goal! See you tomorrow!! 🐧
Good things come to those who wait!
Sunday is looking to be a perfect plunge day! Registration will open at 10:00, plunge is at 12:00 noon. Be sure to stop by the registration tent to sign a waiver and get your wrist band and incentives. All plungers are encouraged to raise/donate $20. If you can't make it but have money to hand in you can stop by the Special Olympics RI office in Smithfield (370 George Washington Highway) or mail it to us. We will be sure to get you any incentives you have earned. We also will have shirts/ hats/ pins and other merchandise for sale at the plunge. Looking forward to seeing all the penguins on Sunday!
The rescheduled plunge is 1 week away and it’s looking like it’s going to be a great day! We hope you can join us!
Well it's not New Years Day, but we have a new date for the Annual Penguin Plunge... Sunday, Jan 21st. same place, same time.
Hope you can join us for this exciting, annual event!
We have made the tough decision to POSTPONE TOMORROW'S PLUNGE. See attached for more info.
Once again we are urging all plungers to use good judgement for Monday's plunge. If you aren't sure or are having any doubts, DON'T DO IT. The Penguin plunge has been around for 42 years, if you miss this year, there's always next year!
Many of you have worked very hard at raising money. Please be assured If you don't attend the plunge you can still receive your T shirt and incentives. And if you have donations to turn in but aren't attending the plunge, they can be mailed or... delivered to the SORI office at 370 George Washington Highway, Smithfield.
If you decide to plunge we suggest you get in and get out and please consider not going all the way under. (Yes it still counts as a plunge).
We know many of you enjoy an adult beverage or two to help "ease the pain" of the plunge. Please be mindful of your alcohol consumption. You may think it's helping, when in reality it will only hurt you.
Please don't forget to wear something on your feet while you plunge and make sure to have a friend close by to hold your towel. It's not going into the water that's the hard part, it will be coming out!
Lastly we ask that you all look out for each other before, during and after the plunge.
Check back for more updates and "tips" over the weekend.
Everyone is talking about the weather and these freezing cold temps! And people are asking if the Penguin Plunge will be cancelled or postponed. The answer is NO, the plunge will go on as planned.
HOWEVER, we strongly urge people to use good judgement. If you have any sort of medical condition, you should NOT plunge. If you've been sick or are fighting an illness, DON'T plunge. We STRONGLY suggest young children do NOT plunge this year. If they do please make sure they are with an adult at all times. All plungers should make certain to have someone holding the towel for them as soon as they get out of the water. And be certain to have something on your feet at all times! IT's our #1 priority to have a SAFE plunge. Again, we ask that all give this serious thought and to use good common sense.