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2015 Polar Plunge

The Portland Polar Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations, schools, and businesses to support Special Olympics Oregon athletes by jumping, walking or slowly crawling into the frigid and icy Colombia River waters. Every participant must raise a minimum of $50 for the privilege of taking a wintery dip in an icy body of water and will recieve a commemorative long-sleeved t-shirt and a bowl of soup, plus bragging rights. Want the thrill without the chill? Register for Too Chicken to Plunge! the first 50 regisstered "Too Chicken to Plunge" people to attend the Polar Plunge on Feb. 28th will be invited to enjoy the plunge from the Colombia River Yacht Club's HEATED barge. For those who run, consider the 5K Fun Run/Walk before the Polar Plunge! The 5K Fun Run on-site registration begins at 7:30am and the run starts at 9:00am and the Polar Plunge on-site registraion begins at 8:30am and the plunge begins at 11:00am. For more information and to register, visit 

2015 Beavs vs Ducks Challenge!

All participants in this year’s plunge can declare their allegiance when they register to participate in the Polar Plunge. Simply choose Ducks or Beavers when you register and make sure your team brings home the trophy. The Polar Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals to support Special Olympics Oregon participants by jumping, walking or crawling into frigid Oregon waters. The Portland Polar Plunge will happen February 28th. The event is open to the public, and all spectators are welcome free of charge. The best way to plunge is with a team! Every participant must raise a minimum of $50 for the privilege of taking a wintry dip in an icy body of water in February and will receive a commemorative long-sleeve t-shirt plus bragging rights!  For more information, and to register, head to

NorthStar Clubhouse Benefit Auction

NorthStar Clubhouse is a safe and welcoming environment where members participate in a peer-run community promoting well-being, recovery, confidence and independence. NorthStar offers a place filled with care and acceptance in which members can take strength-building action.  Our clubhouse invites members to become active and to confront fear and illness-based challenges. We empower members to be resilient in the face of mental health problems and capable in the face of incapacity. We urge our members to utilize their personal talents to contribute to the community in a variety of ways, including volunteering and employment. NorthStar Clubhouse offers its members opportunities for personal development, achievement, friendship, respect and hope for a brighter future. Mark your calanders for April 23, 2015 for the auction at the Melody Ballroom. 

5k for Autism

Registration is open for the It's My Ability 5k race for Autism! This second annual race raises money for Autism, but also propels a important message to embrace your abilities - whatever they may be. Click the picture for more information!

Sleep Country PJ Bowl

For the nearly 20,000 foster children living in the Northwest, each day presents new challenges. But with the community’s help, these children can regain a sense of hope.

Funds raised by Pajama Bowl participants will be used to provide resources, and little wishes that foster kids often go without – whether it's a funding athletic participation fees, obtaining assistance in school, or reuniting with a sibling at summer camp.

Since its inception, Pajama Bowl has raised over $900,000 for foster kids, thanks to the generous support of over 6,500 participants! 

Choose one of three locations and register today, Click here for more information! 

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