AIA Takes the (Polar) Plunge for Charity
On February 19, four AIA Corporation team members did what few are brave enough to do: jump into a freezing cold lake—all in the name of charity. Tamara Flynn, John Garvey, Michael Patton and Sara Sonnleitner took part in the Polar Plunge and raised $1,485 for Special Olympics Wisconsin—topping their donation goal of $1,000.
The event was held at Miller's Bay in Oshkosh, one of 12 cities across Wisconsin participating in the fun. In total, more than 9,300 people were "freezin' for a reason" across the state, raising nearly $1.9 million for local Special Olympic athletes. The funds will be used by nearly 10,000 athletes with cognitive disabilities to experience the joys of participation in sports and competition with their peers.
"One of my 2011 New Year's resolutions is to get more involved within my community, and I believe that giving back through local charities and volunteer programs is an excellent way to accomplish my goal," said Sonnleitner. "The Polar Plunge provided me with a unique opportunity to raise money and awareness for a great cause. Choosing to plunge into the icy cold water for the first time encouraged many generous donations on my behalf. I am glad to have achieved a small portion of my goal and grateful for all those who contributed. And yes, I am looking forward to next year!"