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Embold Credit Union's Polar Plungers Raise Over $51,000 for Special Olympics Oregon (Photo) - 02/29/24

Milwaukie, Ore. (February 29, 2024) – Adorned in an eclectic mix of tutus, capes, singlets, and zombie masks, the team from Oregon's Embold Credit Union demonstrated their bravery and commitment to a good cause by diving into the icy waters of the Willamette River. This courageous act was part of their participation in the Polar Plunge event in February 2024, aimed at raising funds for Special Olympics Oregon. Their efforts were a resounding success, collecting over $51,000 for the annual fundraiser. 

Annually, the Polar Plunge event is organized to foster recognition and inclusion for children and adults with intellectual disabilities while raising necessary funds to support this cause. It plays a crucial role in promoting awareness and facilitating access to sports and community activities for thousands of athletes associated with Special Olympics Oregon. 

Since its inception in 1968, Special Olympics has become a global movement, significantly impacting individuals with intellectual disabilities across 193 countries. It stands unparalleled in its commitment to promoting inclusion and acceptance, offering avenues for enhanced health, and providing economic empowerment opportunities to some of the most inspirational individuals you could encounter.  

The Embold team, consisting of 40 participants including employees, their families, and friends, featured six Super Plungers, who took the challenge to the next level by plunging into the exceptionally cold river waters hourly for 24 continuous hours, starting at noon on February 23, 2024.

To boost their fundraising efforts, the Super Plungers engaged in various activities, including bake sales, raffles, and organizing fundraisers with area restaurants. During their 24-hour plunge, they kept spirits high by wearing new costumes every hour, ranging from mermaids and cowboys to zombies, witches, and kangaroos—raising unprecedented awareness and funds. 

2024 marks Embold's seventh year of involvement in both the Polar and Super Plunge events for Special Olympics Oregon, with the credit union having contributed over $225,000 to the charity since 2018. 

Aaron Goff, CEO of Embold Credit Union, expressed his pride, "At Embold, our mission extends beyond providing amazing financial services. We love making a tangible difference in our communities and for all individuals, including those with diverse abilities. The Polar Plunge embodies the fun spirit of our staff but, more importantly, showcases our unwavering dedication to significantly impacting the lives of countless children and adults." 

 

About Embold Credit Union 

Embold Credit Union, previously Clackamas Federal Credit Union, has been rooted in local communities for more than 65 years. As a not-for-profit financial cooperative dedicated to helping members achieve their financial goals, Embold is like a bank, but better. Better rates. Higher dividends. Lower fees. Stronger communities.  

Today, Embold Credit Union holds about $600 million in assets, serving over 35,000 members. Specific details on eligibility and more information about the credit union are available at emboldcu.org or by calling 800.878.0671. 

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