Statewide Plunge Sponsors

Statewide Plunge Sponsors go above and beyond to support Special Olympics Minnesota. This coveted title is earned through a combination of fundraising and sponsorships. Keep scrolling to find out more about each Polar Plunge sponsor.



Affinity Plus has been Plunging for over 10 years. Affinity Plus had 106 Plungers raise over $40,000 for the 2020 Polar Plunge. The Plungers come from all over the state, from Rochester to Alexandria. Plus, Affinity Plus’ CEO, Dave Larson, participated in the Minneapolis’ Plunge Executive Challenge!

Boston Scientific has grown from only two brave Plungers in 2016 to a team of over 121 and raising over $39,000 for Special Olympics Minnesota this past season. In addition to fundraising, they are also a new Polar Plunge sponsor and have employees who share their time through volunteering at events throughout the year.


Dairy Queen participated in the 2019 Minneapolis Corporate Hour Plunge, fundraising over $37,000! Plus Dairy Queen donates lots and lots of Dilly Bars for our Minneapolis Plungers to enjoy. DQ also supports Special Olympics Minnesota on a sponsorship level. On top of all of that, Dairy Queen’s COO, Dan Kropp, Plunges at the Minneapolis Executive Challenge!



Delta Air Lines flies employees in from around the world to participate in the Minneapolis Polar Plunge. Last year, the Delta team had 475 Plungers raise over $270,000! Look out for the Delta Run(away) at Polar Plunge locations.


Bally Sports North promotes the Polar Plunge far and wide, helping us gather as many brave Plungers as possible. Plus, Bally Sports North Senior VP and GM, Mike Dimond, rocked the 2020 Executive Challenge Plunge!


The Mille Lacs Polar Plunge exists because of Grand Casino and Mille Lacs Corporate Venture’s incredible support. Grand Casino and Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures also is the presenting sponsor of Minneapolis’ Executive Challenge. Plus, the company provides a wide spread of food for our Executive Challenge participants to enjoy!



JNBA Financial Advisors never fails to form a strong Polar Plunge team each year. In 2019, 29 JNBA Plungers raised over $56,000! Plus, JNBA’s CEO, Richard Brown, was the top fundraiser in the 2020 Executive Challenge!


The Oppidan Investment Company returns year after year with an awesome Polar Plunge team. Last year, Oppidan fundraised over $65,000 with 21 Polar Plungers!


Ovative Group is proud to be Polar Plunge’s Official Marketing Partner providing pro-bono marketing strategy, website support, and paid and owned media execution under Ovative’s Champions of Change Services program. This program empowers Ovative employees to volunteer time at work using their unique marketing skills to amplify the messages of social benefit organizations across the nation!


Polaris forms four different Polar Plunge teams each year and donates a snowmobile to our Northland 300 event as a coveted auction item. In 2020, 43 Polaris Plungers raised over $21,000 for Special Olympics Minnesota.


Rochester Motor Cars fundraised nearly $45,000 for the 2019 Rochester Polar Plunge with only 35 participants. RMC also participates in the Super Plunge, committing to Plunging 24 times in 24 hourrs!


UnitedHealth Group had over 319 Polar Plungers in 2019, fundraising over $148,000. Plus, Adam Hjerpe, UHG’s SVP – General Manager, Global Research & Development, made a splash at the 2020 Minneapolis Executive Challenge! UHG’s ProtectWell app was used in 2021 to pre-screen all Plunge participants for symptoms of COVID-19.


In 2019, U.S. Bank had 329 Polar Plungers fundraise over $139,000! Plus, Mike Shepard, Senior VP of Consumer and Business Lending Products, and Mark Runkel, Chief Credit Officer, were 2020 Executive Challenge participants! Look out for the U.S. Bank Welcome Tent at Polar Plunge locations.

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