ST. PAUL, Minn. (Mar. 22, 2017) – Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union employees raised nearly $35,000 statewide during the 2017 Special Olympics Minnesota Polar Plunge season.
Fourteen Affinity Plus teams and 141 plungers jumped into (or ran into and out of) icy lakes in Alexandria, Bemidji, Brainerd, Duluth, Grand Rapids, Owatonna, Rochester and at plunges across the Twin Cities metropolitan area.
Dave Larson, Affinity Plus president/CEO, plunged March 3 in Minneapolis with a group of Minnesota leaders during the special Polar Plunge Executive Challenge.
“Maybe it’s because we’re in Minnesota, but the Polar Plunge brings out a special energy in our staff statewide,” Larson said. “They come up with so many unique and fun ways to support and raise funds for Polar Plunge and Special Olympics. And that’s before they even jump in the water.”
Overall, 13,943 participants statewide raised nearly $3.1 million during the Polar Plunge season. Those contributions help more than 8,200 Special Olympics athletes compete and participate in activities throughout the year.
David Dorn, Special Olympics Minnesota president/CEO, praised Affinity Plus for its participation and support.
“Affinity Plus continues to go above and beyond. Affinity Plus was a huge reason we were able to form a figure skating program in 2002, and they have continued to help us grow programming across the board through fundraising and volunteering efforts,” Dorn said.
Special Olympics Minnesota is one of five Affinity Plus Charities of Choice. The others are: the Affinity Plus Foundation; Children’s Minnesota; Second Harvest Heartland; and the American Red Cross – Minnesota Region.
Affinity Plus employees contribute to the Charities of Choice by raising money at special events and through weekly “jeans days.” The credit union also holds a special “Month of Giving” each December, and encourages year-round donations.