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Fundraising Events

Special Olympics Michigan would not be able to provide its programming free of charge without the support of donors and fundraisers. Join us for any of our major statewide fundraisers throughout the year!

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Ties & Tennies Gala

November 5, 2021

The Ties and Tennies Gala is the organization's signature event held in southeast Michigan which has the largest athlete population served in all of Michigan. We will have more details on the 2021 event as they become available.

Plungers react to hitting the icy water at a Polar Plunge

Polar Plunge

January-March in various locations

Each year, the Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge series challenges thousands of brave jumpers at numerous locations around the state. It's a great way for everyone - individuals, organizations and businesses - to get involved in supporting Special Olympics Michigan. All funds raised go towards year-round sports training and athletic competition for more SOMI participants.

Competitors take part in a Row-4-Dough event


Various dates and locations throughout the year

Teams of 10 pull on a row machine the distance of a marathon (26.2 miles) in the shortest amount of time. Think you have what it takes? Grab some friends, get pumped and register today!

Photo of a law enforcement community run.

LETR Run Week

September 10-17, 2021

Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) Run Week is an opportunity for law enforcement, corrections personnel and community members to run shoulder to shoulder, raising money and awareness for Special Olympics Michigan athletes. In-person and virtual Run Week options will be offered in 2021.

A Special Olympics Michigan golfer prepares to putt

Dare to Dream Golf Outing

September 20, 2021 at Railside Golf Club in Byron Center

The Dare to Dream West Michigan Charitable Golf Outing gives you the opportunity to golf with Special Olympics athletes and learn about the powerful programs that Special Olympics Michigan offers within our West Michigan communities.

Athletes Like Audrey Luncheon committee group photo.

Athletes Like Audrey Luncheon

May 26, 2021 - to be held virtually in 2021

Each year, more than 500 athletes and their families from across the state travel to Grand Rapids to compete in the State Basketball Finals. Join the Secchia, Jandernoa, Korte, and Custer families at the Athletes Like Audrey Luncheon where all proceeds will help to build a sustaining fund for the State Basketball Finals to ensure that athletes of all abilities can continue competing for generations to come.

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Champions Together: Virtual Coffee Break for a Cause presented by Amerisure

July 13 & 14, 2021

Grab your morning cup of joe and enjoy our Coffee Break For a Cause! During this year's hybrid event, you can choose to join in-person at our safe and socially distanced breakfast program on July 13, or tune in virtually from your favorite place to enjoy coffee on July 14!

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