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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!

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.

Athletes Like Audrey Luncheon committee group photo.

Athletes Like Audrey Luncheon

August 24, 2020 in Grand Rapids

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.

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 11-18 - being held virtually in 2020

Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) Run Week is going virtual in 2020! Through this Virtual Run Week we are going to keep the Flame of Hope for our athletes alive by running, jogging or walking in your local community and help to raise funds and awareness for those who have experienced social isolation throughout their lives. While this isn't the traditional Run Week this year we want to keep the tradition going.

A Special Olympics Michigan golfer prepares to putt

Dare to Dream Golf Outing

September 21, 2020 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.

Champions Together presented by Amerisure

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

October 9, 2020 at 9 AM

Grab your morning cup of joe and enjoy this Virtual Coffee Break for a Cause. During this short program, you'll learn about the impact Special Olympics Michigan programming has across the state. Please join us as we showcase our new normal, through Virtual competitions, programming from home, and exploring Return to Play guidelines. Be a part of the Inclusion Revolution by becoming Champions Together!

People dancing at the Ties and Tennies Gala

Ties & Tennies Gala

November 6, 2020 at 7 PM - being held virtually in 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.

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