2018 Special Olympics Polar Plunge Registration is Open
Dec11

2018 Special Olympics Polar Plunge Registration is Open

News release from polarplungeIN.org Special Olympics Polar Plunge Registration is Open Organization’s largest fundraiser is February 10 at Metea County Park Special Olympics Indiana and Special Olympics Allen County will host their annual Polar Plunge on February 10 from 10am-2pm at Metea County Park near Leo-Cedarville and registration is now open at polarplungeIN.org. This fun and safe event consists of individuals and companies from all over Northeast Indiana, including Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Noble, Steuben, LaGrange, Whitley, Wells, and Adams Counties, raising funds through pledges and donations for the chance to take a “plunge” into the freezing cold water and prove they are Freezin’ for a Reason. The event helps raise funds for state and local Special Olympics programs and generates awareness of the power of Special Olympics, which allows children and adults with intellectual disabilities to live active lives through socialization, exercise, and friendly competition. Currently there are over 13,000 athletes that participate in at least one sport through Special Olympics in the state. Past Fort Wayne Plunges have had more than 100 Plungers and have raised more than $10,000. This year those numbers are both expected to increase as awareness of the event grows in local schools and businesses. The Polar Plunge is fun, safe, and simple—to be a Plunger all one has to do is register online at polarplungeIN.org, raise a minimum of $75 in pledges, and show up at Metea County Park (8401 Union Chapel Rd., northeast Fort Wayne, near Leo-Cedarville) on February 10 between 8am-10am where they’ll prepare to take a quick dip in the ice-cold lake water. Following the Plunge, participants and spectators are invited to join the free After Splash Bash in the Metea Park Nature Center to socialize and enjoy food and beverages. Special Olympics is encouraging as many businesses and schools as possible to get involved by putting together teams of Plungers or by nominating one lucky person to serve as their Plunge representative and helping them raise funds. Prizes are awarded for fundraising levels met and door prizes will be drawn at the After Splash Bash. For more information, please contact Julie Burkholder at jburkholder@soindiana.org or 260-466-1528 or online by visiting polarplungeIN.org. Special Olympics is also seeking door prize donations, in-kind sponsors, and event volunteers. Join us as we are Freezin’ for a Reason!   Photos are courtesy of Natalie...

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LFW Weekly Fun File
Feb09

LFW Weekly Fun File

Looking for fun things to do in Fort Wayne? We compile a list of events and activities every week! This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you don’t quite see what you’re looking for, check out our events calendar. If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekly Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com or you can go ahead and submit your event to our calendar! Click on the event for more information about times, locations, cost, etc. 1. My Cold Hearted Valentine: Season 3 Friday, February 10 at 6 p.m. A night of mystery and mingling. Find out who the murderer is! There will be food and drinks available for purchase. Such a fun, off-beat date night idea! 2. 97.3 WMEE Baby Fair & Family Expo Saturday, February 11 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Products, prizes and babies! There will also be activities available for the whole family! 3. 2017 Weather the Fort Saturday, February 11 at 4 p.m. This annual winter festival is a 21+ event. Enjoy food, drinks and fun! 4. Galentine’s Day Brunch at Trubble Saturday, February 11 at 11 a.m. Regular menu (already delicious) plus waffles (yum) and girly drinks. 5. Heartland Sings: Let’s Fall in Love Saturday, February 11 at 7:30 p.m. Romantic ballads and upbeat love songs at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Complimentary champagne will be served! 6. Turnstone Mile Saturday, February 11 at 7 a.m. Whether it’s your first mile of your life, of your season, or of a new beginning … run it on Saturday with Turnstone! This is for all ages and all abilities. 7. Fort Wayne Polar Plunge Saturday, February 11 at 10 a.m. All funds raised benefit the Special Olympics Indiana. Don’t miss your chance to jump in a cold lake to benefit a great cause. 8. Fairytale Brunch Sunday, February 12 at 12 p.m. Princesses will make an appearance. There will be singing and face painting. This would be a wonderful Valentine’s day date with your little princess lover. 9. Family Valentines Day Singalong Sunday, February 12 at 3 p.m. Grab pizza with the kids and let them sing while you relax. Bring a kid, an instrument, and an appetite. 10. Educational Series: History of Our Rivers Monday, February 13 at 6:30 p.m. The next in this free educational series, the topic will be the History of Our Rivers. Check it out! Remember, this isn’t all Fort Wayne has to offer. Get out and have some fun this weekend! We can’t wait to see you around our...

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LFW Weekend Fun File
Feb18

LFW Weekend Fun File

Our calendar is full of fantastic events taking place around our city, so be sure to check it out for a more exhaustive list. In the meantime, here’s a quick peak at some of the things we are looking forward to this week! If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekend Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com 1. YLNI February Hotspot Thursday, Feb. 18 5:30p – 6:30p           This month’s hot spot is at Summit City Brewerks! Come and meet new people and see what the Fort has to offer young professionals!   2. Vertical Leap Thursday, Feb. 18 6:30p – 9p After the Hot Spot, head over to Jenn Ford Art for the Vertical Leap! Kevin Mullett, local photographer and strategic thinker, is giving a talk titled, “Fort Wayne’s Visual Landscape and Photowalk Project.” It’s a presentation and discussion for artists, photographers, architects, and Fort Wayne admirers alike. There will be food and drinks! RSVP. 3. Turtle Soup February 19-21 & 26-28 Friday/Saturday Curtain 7:30 p Sunday Matinee Curtain 2:30 p               This hilarious but absolutely true story is about the origin of Churubusco’s famed “Turtle Days.” It should be a great show! 4. Fort Wayne Komets Game Friday, Feb. 19 8p             Fort Wayne Komets vs. The Toledo Walleye. Who doesn’t want some hockey sprinkled into their Friday night? 5. Fort Wayne Women’s Expo Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 20 & 21 at 10a             6. Polar Plunge Saturday, Feb. 20 10a         Jumpin’ in freezing cold water for a great cause? Yes. 7. Weather the Fort Saturday, Feb. 20 at 4p             With activities including a heated tent for local bands, interactive art, fire performances, ice sculptors, coffee tasting, and a food and beer tent, Weather the Fort will have something for everyone.

 It shouldn’t be too cold, either! 8. Contra Dance Saturday, Feb. 20 at 7:30p           Fort Wayne Traditional Music and Dance Society will hold a contra dance to live, old-time, string band music at the Fort Wayne Dance Collective. Beginners are welcome, and you don’t need a partner. Break out of your comfort zone and have some dance fun! 9. Help Make Hope Sunday, Feb. 21 at 4:30p             Make art, write and copy letters for teens struggling with mental illness. Letters and artwork will be paired together, then sent to a local mental health hospital. Help these teens know there is hope and that they are needed...

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Special Olympics Polar Plunge Returns February 20!
Jan20

Special Olympics Polar Plunge Returns February 20!

Special Olympics Indiana will host their annual Fort Wayne Polar Plunge on February 20 from 10am-1pm at Metea County Park. This fun and safe event consists of individuals and companies raising funds through pledges and donations for the chance to take a “plunge” into Metea County Park Lake. Special Olympics empowers people of all ages with intellectual disabilities to live active lives through socializing, exercising, and friendly competition. The impact this organization has on the lives of not only the athletes, but also the parents, coaches, and volunteers, is immeasurable. Talk to anyone who has volunteered with Special Olympics and they’ll likely tell you that the joy on an athlete’s face when they complete a race, score a basket, or catch a fly ball is indescribable, and impossible to erase from their mind. The only way to truly experience the power of Special Olympics is to attend a game or event – the pure-hearted enthusiasm and camaraderie you’ll witness is exceptional and memorable. The Polar Plunge is fun, safe, and simple—to be a Plunger all you have to do is register online, raise a minimum of $75, and show up at Metea County Park (8401 Union Chapel Rd., northeast of Fort Wayne, near Leo-Cedarville) on February 20 between 10-11am. Upon arrival you’ll sign in and prepare to take a quick dip in the shallow lake. Following the Plunge, participants and spectators are invited to join the After Splash Bash in the Metea Park Nature Center to socialize and enjoy food and beverages. This event helps raise funds for Special Olympics Indiana programs and generates awareness of the positive impact of Special Olympics. Athletes from all over Allen and almost every other Indiana county participate in Special Olympics Indiana hosted and sanctioned events and these funds go towards keeping cost of participation down, awards, administrative costs, and more. Special Olympics is encouraging as many businesses and schools as possible to get involved by putting together a team of Plungers or by nominating one lucky person to serve as the Plunge representative and helping them raise funds. Prizes are awarded for fundraising levels met, and door prizes will be drawn at the After Splash Bash. Door prize donations, in-kind sponsors, and event volunteers are also needed. For more information or to get involved please contact Jake Pickett at jake@ylni.org or 260-402-9633, or...

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Special Olympics Polar Plunge is February 21 – Take the Plunge!
Jan09

Special Olympics Polar Plunge is February 21 – Take the Plunge!

Special Olympics Indiana and Allen County will host their annual Polar Plunge on February 21 from 10am-2pm. This fun and safe event consists of individuals and companies raising funds through pledges and donations for the chance to take a “plunge” into the freezing cold Metea Park Lake. Special Olympics allows for people of all ages with intellectual disabilities to live active lives through socializing, exercising, and friendly competition. The impact this organization has on the lives of not only the athletes, but also the parents, coaches, and volunteers is immeasurable. Talk to anyone who has volunteered with Special Olympics and they’ll likely tell you that the exhilaration on an athlete’s face when they complete a race, score a basket, or catch a fly ball is indescribable, and impossible to erase from their mind. The only way to truly experience the power of Special Olympics is to attend a game or event – the pure-hearted joy and camaraderie you’ll witness is rare and memorable. The Polar Plunge is fun, safe, and simple—to be a Plunger all one has to do is register online, raise a minimum of $75 in pledges, and show up at Metea Park (8401 Union Chapel Rd., northeast Fort Wayne, near Leo-Cedarville) on February 21 between 8am-10am where they’ll prepare to take a quick dip in the ice-cold lake water. Following the Plunge, participants and spectators are invited to join the After Splash Bash in the Metea Park Nature Center to socialize and enjoy food and beverages. This event helps raise funds for state and local Special Olympics programs and generates awareness of the power of Special Olympics, which allows children and adults with intellectual disabilities to live active lives through socialization, exercise, and friendly competition. Special Olympics is encouraging as many businesses and schools as possible to get involved by putting together a team of Plungers or by nominating one lucky person to serve as the Plunge representative and helping them raise funds. Prizes are awarded for fundraising levels met, and door prizes will be drawn at the After Splash Bash. Door prize donations, in-kind sponsors, and event volunteers are also needed. For more information or to get involved please contact Jake Pickett at jake@ylni.org or 260-402-9633, or visit www.soindiana.org....

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