17th Annual Chicago Polar Plunge
PLEASE SPONSOR
Jen Kramer
Amount Raised
$20,750.01
Fundraising Goal $50,000.00

My Message

Hello friends!

Hard to imagine that it's Polar Plunge time once again! This year marks my 16th year plunging and fundraising for Special Olympics Chicago. And this letter can only mean one thing – that I have tasked myself once again with some ridiculous fundraising goal.  In 2016 I was able to raise nearly $40,000 in just over three weeks bringing my multiyear total to nearly $400,000. This year, I figured it was time to up the game. Can I raise $50,000 in just under a month?  I’m going to do everything I know to do to find out!

With just under a month to go I'm out to see if I can't do the unthinkable, much like our athletes do on a regular basis. The Special Olympics motto comes to mind. "Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."

But given this great city, and all of its great dreamers and doers, and given that Special Olympics was 'Born in Chicago' nearly 50 years ago, I’d love to think you’d consider a contribution (small or large) to help me reach my goal of $50,000.

Why do I care so passionately about Special Olympics? Not just because it’s a modern day civil rights movement, or because it has tremendous impact on people with intellectual disabilities, or because it’s a catalyst for social change…it’s   that and more. This program alters the course of peoples’ lives, helps them grow mentally, socially and spiritually - while discovering courage, enthusiasm, friendship and new found talents. And selfishly for me? It’s had me witness the purest form of love, joy and friendship – and taught me the raw power of inclusion and acceptance.

My fundraising creates more opportunities for more athletes to learn and participate in more sports. And the life changing difference that makes in theirs and their families’ lives is more far reaching than you or I will ever know.

I am a better person when I do what’s possible to make a difference in the lives of others. I am committed to living a life larger than myself. And at the end of the day, I'm just a very ordinary person, who has an extraordinary love for people.

Thank you in advance for your generous support. I am forever grateful for your contributions to this amazing cause. And thanks too, for being someone who is interested in making a difference.

Love, Jen

P.S. Please use this link to donate online quickly and securely. You’ll get an email confirmation and receipt. http://www.sochicagoevents.org/jenkramer   (Feel free to share the link as well, there’s power in spreading the word!)

Writing a check? Please feel free to make checks out to Special Olympics Chicago, and mail directly to me:

Jen Kramer 2020 Lincoln Park West #21J  Chicago, IL 60614                                                                                                                         

Event Date
Mar 5, 2017 10:00 AM
Location Name
North Ave Beach

My Team

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My Supporters (173)

John and Mary Flanagan donated $50.00
Mar 22, 2017 12:03 PM
Danny left a message
Mar 15, 2017 12:18 PM
Good luck and I hope you reach your goal!! You're a very special person and I'm honored to call you a friend. Keep up the great work.
Friend of Special Olympics Chicago donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 15, 2017 12:17 PM
Anna Repke donated $2,000.00
Mar 13, 2017 12:48 PM
Friend of Special Olympics Chicago donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 11, 2017 8:22 PM
Barb and Randy left a message
Mar 9, 2017 9:48 PM
You are an amazing example for all.
Barb and Randy donated $150.00
Mar 9, 2017 9:47 PM
Barb and Randy Carson left a message
Mar 9, 2017 9:44 PM
We're so amazed at all you do!!
Phoebe Craig donated $50.00
Mar 8, 2017 3:46 PM
John Graeber donated $25.00
Mar 6, 2017 5:01 PM
Nikki Mather donated $25.00
Mar 6, 2017 3:12 PM
Laura DeAtley donated $100.00
Mar 6, 2017 2:15 PM
Flood Bros left a message
Mar 6, 2017 11:19 AM
Jen, sorry to miss the event. Love all you do for Special Olympics
Flood Bros donated $750.00
Mar 6, 2017 11:17 AM
Friend of Special Olympics Chicago donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 5, 2017 7:31 PM
Suzanne McDonald donated $200.00
Mar 5, 2017 7:27 PM
Mimi Duginger donated $50.00
Mar 5, 2017 7:10 PM
Pat and Janet McCann donated $100.00
Mar 5, 2017 5:00 PM
Amy Van Fossen, DDS left a message
Mar 5, 2017 12:47 PM
Go Jen! What a wonderful cause to support. Kudos to you.
Amy M. Van Fossen, DDS donated $100.00
Mar 5, 2017 12:46 PM
The Khoury Family donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 5, 2017 10:49 AM
Glenn and Cindy Harris donated $100.00
Mar 5, 2017 9:47 AM
Becky donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 5, 2017 8:54 AM
Chew Cizewski donated $100.00
Mar 5, 2017 8:32 AM
John Stapleton donated $100.00
Mar 4, 2017 9:24 PM
Greg Desmond donated $200.00
Mar 4, 2017 7:26 PM
Rob Pettigrew and Beth Litke donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 4, 2017 6:07 PM
American Freedom Insurance Company donated $350.00
Mar 4, 2017 4:08 PM
Howard Sagett donated $200.00
Mar 4, 2017 4:07 PM
Carey Pinkowski donated $250.00
Mar 4, 2017 4:07 PM
Margie McCartney donated $50.00
Mar 4, 2017 4:07 PM
Robert and Anita Hoffman donated $25.00
Mar 4, 2017 4:06 PM
Martha Farrell donated $25.00
Mar 4, 2017 4:06 PM
Eric and Kristin Jungbluth donated $1,000.00
Mar 4, 2017 4:05 PM
Wauconda Buddy Dean donated $100.00
Mar 4, 2017 10:56 AM
Jay Geil donated $25.00
Mar 4, 2017 9:59 AM
Friend of Special Olympics Chicago donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 4, 2017 8:38 AM
Patty Breed donated $100.00
Mar 4, 2017 6:33 AM
Toni Kappel donated $25.00
Mar 3, 2017 8:51 PM
Aleta donated $50.00
Mar 3, 2017 5:13 PM
Swan Family donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 3, 2017 4:42 PM
Friend of Special Olympics Chicago donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 3, 2017 4:11 PM
Michelle T Boone donated $50.00
Mar 3, 2017 4:08 PM
Becky Leskovec donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 3, 2017 3:54 PM
Tom Stoklosa donated $25.00
Mar 3, 2017 11:05 AM
The Storandt Family donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 3, 2017 10:54 AM
John and Cory Wright donated $1,000.00
Mar 3, 2017 10:53 AM
Mish donated $100.00
Mar 3, 2017 10:51 AM
Lisa Dincolo donated $25.00
Mar 3, 2017 10:19 AM
Susan Keary left a message
Mar 3, 2017 10:13 AM
Good luck Jen! Another year - another amazing campaign.
Susan Keary donated $100.00
Mar 3, 2017 10:12 AM
Catherine Leonis donated $50.00
Mar 3, 2017 10:01 AM
Molly Tracy left a message
Mar 3, 2017 10:00 AM
Love your face!!!
Molly Tracy donated $50.00
Mar 3, 2017 9:59 AM
-Lee left a message
Mar 3, 2017 9:58 AM
Go jump in a LAKE!
Lee donated $50.00
Mar 3, 2017 9:58 AM
Barb Wiggins donated $25.00
Mar 3, 2017 9:54 AM
STEPHEN A COSTAS left a message
Mar 3, 2017 9:47 AM
HI JEN,LOVE STEPHEN
SA COSTAS donated $100.00
Mar 3, 2017 9:44 AM
Darren Schmits donated $100.00
Mar 3, 2017 9:25 AM
Alex Kapordelis donated $25.00
Mar 3, 2017 9:00 AM
The Cowen Family donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 3, 2017 8:46 AM
Greg & Kris Amborn donated $100.00
Mar 3, 2017 6:49 AM
John & Eloise Trick donated $100.00
Mar 2, 2017 10:25 PM
Mark & Mary Dato donated $500.00
Mar 2, 2017 12:07 PM
Sam and Heather Stark donated $50.00
Mar 2, 2017 11:22 AM
Friend of Special Olympics Chicago donated $100.00
Mar 2, 2017 9:34 AM
Mike Nishi donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 2, 2017 7:08 AM
Herman Girls donated $75.00
Mar 2, 2017 7:07 AM
Kitty donated $4,000.00
Mar 1, 2017 10:33 PM
Cheryl Bundy donated $50.00
Mar 1, 2017 9:52 PM
Friend of Special Olympics Chicago donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 1, 2017 8:11 PM
Joann Skof donated $25.00
Mar 1, 2017 4:13 PM
Jenne Myers donated $100.00
Mar 1, 2017 3:14 PM
Melissa Rizzo donated $50.00
Mar 1, 2017 2:25 PM
Quinlan Family (Kramer's Krusaders) donated $500.00
Mar 1, 2017 2:03 PM
Anita Holub donated $25.00
Mar 1, 2017 12:02 PM
Kelly Kelly donated $50.00
Mar 1, 2017 11:49 AM
The Elerts donated $50.00
Mar 1, 2017 11:25 AM
Lisa Elert left a message
Mar 1, 2017 11:23 AM
I mean, seriously Kramer I just adore you! Seeing your happy face makes me smile and I love your big beautiful spirit! Best of luck! Peace! "-Tagli"
Kirk left a message
Mar 1, 2017 10:46 AM
You are the Queen of Ice!
Kirk Art Miller donated $25.00
Mar 1, 2017 10:46 AM
Kathy Jordan left a message
Mar 1, 2017 9:28 AM
Giant kudos to you for your continuing support of this important event that means so much to so many. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to support your efforts.
Kathleen Jordan donated $100.00
Mar 1, 2017 9:27 AM
Marlene donated $100.00
Mar 1, 2017 9:22 AM
Pete left a message
Mar 1, 2017 9:15 AM
It's an honor to once again support you in your work with Special Olympics. We love you!
Pete & Sara Conway donated $40.00
Mar 1, 2017 9:14 AM
Harry donated $25.00
Mar 1, 2017 8:45 AM
Beth Crysdale donated $50.00
Mar 1, 2017 8:16 AM
Darby & Frank Belcher donated $100.00
Mar 1, 2017 8:07 AM
JC left a message
Mar 1, 2017 8:06 AM
You go girl, Special "K" all the way!
John Conto donated $100.00
Mar 1, 2017 8:05 AM
Halle Granger left a message
Mar 1, 2017 7:21 AM
Jen, my cousin Cathy (DeCrane) shared with me and we're behind you all the way!
Halle & Matt Granger donated $100.00
Mar 1, 2017 7:21 AM
From the Beaches of Lake Erie... donated $100.00
Mar 1, 2017 6:47 AM
Mary Frances Weir left a message
Mar 1, 2017 6:43 AM
So happy you are "all in" for these very special folks. What an amazing example to your friends, family, church, and community!! (And people you don't even know, like me!!) YOU GO GIRL!! xxxx Mary Frances
Cathy D. left a message
Mar 1, 2017 1:22 AM
Thank you for taking the plunge . . . we look forward to seeing you do it every year! XXOO
Cathy D. & The Hootmon donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 1, 2017 1:14 AM
Megan, Jamie and Avie Baby donated $200.00
Feb 28, 2017 7:28 PM
Marilyn Rowan donated $100.00
Feb 28, 2017 7:09 PM
Queen B left a message
Feb 28, 2017 5:42 PM
You're the best and brightest star among a universe of humans.
Queen B & the King donated an undisclosed amount
Feb 28, 2017 5:41 PM
Linda Golding donated $25.00
Feb 28, 2017 4:34 PM
Mae Wright left a message
Feb 28, 2017 1:52 PM
You are such a winner in everything you do my dear
Kathy Wright donated $250.00
Feb 28, 2017 1:51 PM
Harry left a message
Feb 28, 2017 1:31 PM
Got the job done -- Good Luck
Friend of Special Olympics Chicago donated an undisclosed amount
Feb 28, 2017 1:30 PM
Bob left a message
Feb 28, 2017 12:52 PM
Don't catch a cold
Bob Doepel donated an undisclosed amount
Feb 28, 2017 12:51 PM
Big E!! left a message
Feb 28, 2017 12:47 PM
Go Jen!! Go!!
Erik Prascak donated $50.00
Feb 28, 2017 12:46 PM
Diver Dan donated $100.00
Feb 28, 2017 11:50 AM
WAUCONDA, CA!!! donated $100.49
Feb 28, 2017 11:46 AM
Love Christian! left a message
Feb 28, 2017 8:58 AM
Go Jen!
Tina Carlson-Christian's Mom! donated $100.00
Feb 28, 2017 8:58 AM
ICA left a message
Feb 28, 2017 8:55 AM
Thanks for all you do for SO!
Ivan Carlson & Associates donated $200.00
Feb 28, 2017 8:55 AM
Friend of Special Olympics Chicago donated an undisclosed amount
Feb 28, 2017 8:41 AM
Matt Nielson donated an undisclosed amount
Feb 27, 2017 7:54 PM
Todd left a message
Feb 27, 2017 8:20 AM
Thank you for all that you do to support the Special Needs Community! XOXO! Stay Warm :-)
Todd & Sam Felinczak donated $100.00
Feb 27, 2017 8:20 AM
Bill Mahon left a message
Feb 26, 2017 7:10 PM
Good Work!
Bill Mahon donated $100.00
Feb 26, 2017 7:10 PM
MB Gaik left a message
Feb 26, 2017 2:13 PM
My pocketbook may be low, but I always support you in my heart. Love, Mare
Friend of Special Olympics Chicago donated $25.00
Feb 26, 2017 2:12 PM
Marianne Rotole donated an undisclosed amount
Feb 26, 2017 9:54 AM
Jim Bare donated $50.00
Feb 25, 2017 2:54 PM
Mary Pat Slattery donated an undisclosed amount
Feb 25, 2017 9:55 AM
Suky Warner donated an undisclosed amount
Feb 24, 2017 7:38 PM
dave thomas donated $150.00
Feb 24, 2017 5:02 PM
Dave Thomas left a message
Feb 24, 2017 4:59 PM
Always a pleasure to kick in my little bit.
Tracey Stone donated $100.00
Feb 24, 2017 10:36 AM
Mickey Mouse left a message
Feb 24, 2017 10:07 AM
Get wet!!!
Danny and Kimberly Mudd donated an undisclosed amount
Feb 24, 2017 10:05 AM
Friend of Special Olympics Chicago donated an undisclosed amount
Feb 23, 2017 1:23 PM
Bob Kerns donated $25.00
Feb 23, 2017 1:09 PM
-Kessler left a message
Feb 23, 2017 12:40 PM
Phenomenal effort as always, JK! See the ripple effect you have had on me? Love and thanks!
Kessler donated $100.00
Feb 23, 2017 12:39 PM
xo Betsi left a message
Feb 23, 2017 10:40 AM
Go, Jen, Go!
Betsi Roach donated an undisclosed amount
Feb 23, 2017 10:40 AM
Amy :) left a message
Feb 23, 2017 10:01 AM
Go Jen!
Amy Blesi donated an undisclosed amount
Feb 23, 2017 10:00 AM
Rose Horcher donated an undisclosed amount
Feb 23, 2017 9:26 AM
Rose Horcher left a message
Feb 23, 2017 9:24 AM
You are an inspiration to us all! Thank you for plunging on behalf of Special Olympians.
Friend of Special Olympics Chicago donated an undisclosed amount
Feb 23, 2017 8:43 AM
Alan Rottman donated an undisclosed amount
Feb 23, 2017 12:30 AM
Fran tuite donated $250.00
Feb 22, 2017 6:30 PM
Ada left a message
Feb 22, 2017 6:16 PM
Love everything about you! This city and this world is a better place b/c of YOU!
The Tikkanens donated $100.00
Feb 22, 2017 6:15 PM
Friend of Special Olympics Chicago donated an undisclosed amount
Feb 22, 2017 5:35 PM
McLaughlin Family left a message
Feb 22, 2017 10:00 AM
Thank you, Jen, for making sure individuals like Maddie can be athletes successful too! Your dedication is fabulous!
Maddie McLaughlin & family donated $250.00
Feb 22, 2017 9:59 AM
Sweet left a message
Feb 22, 2017 9:09 AM
Thank you for working so hard for such a great organization!
Kevin and Janet Sweet donated an undisclosed amount
Feb 22, 2017 9:07 AM
TANGE donated an undisclosed amount
Feb 20, 2017 3:45 PM
Michelle Hicks donated an undisclosed amount
Feb 18, 2017 10:28 PM
The Tikkanens left a message
Feb 18, 2017 12:32 PM
Go get em girl
The Tikkanens donated $100.00
Feb 18, 2017 12:32 PM
Dart left a message
Feb 15, 2017 2:21 PM
Every drop in the plunge bucket counts. No amount is too little or too small...
Heather Dart donated an undisclosed amount
Feb 15, 2017 2:20 PM
Casey Hogan donated $100.00
Feb 15, 2017 9:09 AM
Daune left a message
Feb 14, 2017 5:03 PM
Well-done, Jen!
Daune & Ken Sebastian donated $25.00
Feb 14, 2017 5:02 PM
Jim & Karen Cloghessy donated $50.00
Feb 14, 2017 1:59 PM
Karin Doris donated $50.00
Feb 14, 2017 10:26 AM
Robin left a message
Feb 13, 2017 11:06 PM
Cant wait to see what your wearing this year!
Robin Monsky donated an undisclosed amount
Feb 13, 2017 11:05 PM
Michael Barbee donated an undisclosed amount
Feb 13, 2017 9:04 PM
Friend of Special Olympics Chicago donated $10.00
Feb 13, 2017 6:38 PM
Cindy Block donated $150.00
Feb 11, 2017 11:01 PM
Jeanine Gallagher donated $100.00
Feb 11, 2017 4:11 PM
Friend of Special Olympics Chicago donated an undisclosed amount
Feb 11, 2017 3:59 PM
Jen Kramer donated $200.00
Nov 28, 2016 5:30 PM