Special Olympics New Hampshire

2020 Goals:

In addition to raising $2.3 million dollars to meet our annual operating needs, Special Olympics New Hampshire is hoping to raise an additional $300,000 to commemorate our 50th Anniversary.  These funds will be used to celebrate this important milestone, help us reach more athletes and launch our movement into the future. Additional goals during this 50th anniversary year include celebrating the success of Special Olympics New Hampshire and recognizing the impact SONH programs have had in changing culture and providing education, as well as Special Olympics’ commitment to health care. Special Olympics is the largest provider of health care to those with intellectual disabilities.

Fundraising Events:

Special Olympics New Hampshire hosts dozens of fundraising events throughout the year.  Signature fundraising events include the annual Penguin Plunge and High School Plunge held the first weekend in February at Hampton Beach, where hundreds of people plunge into the frigid waters of the Atlantic. The Winni Dip Weekend in March, held on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee, brings out many more hearty souls willing to take a dip into the icy waters. During the summer months, law enforcement agencies across the state participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run, a 500-mile run across New Hampshire culminating in the opening ceremonies of the State Summer Games on the campus of UNH in Durham. Additional fundraisers take place statewide courtesy of generous business partners like Circle K Stores, Applebee’s Restaurants, Coca-Cola Beverages Northeast and TD Bank.

Giving Opportunities:

There are many ways to support Special Olympics New Hampshire: Direct Donation – support Special Olympics by making a one time or recurring gift online, by mail, in person or by phone. Sponsorship – support one of our annual competitive or fundraising events through corporate sponsorship. Events — participate in one of our annual fundraisers or organize your own fundraising event to support our work. Join The Granite Circle Society — the Special Olympics New Hampshire Granite Circle Society is our recognition society for donors contributing gifts of $1,000 or more.  Planned Gifts — Legacy gifts enable you to make a lasting contribution to Special Olympics New Hampshire at a level you may not have been able to achieve during your lifetime. In-kind Donations — donations of products and services can have a significant impact on the quality of our events and programming.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Volunteers are the backbone of the Special Olympics movement. They are coaches, trainers, officials, event organizers, fundraisers and managers. They can also be unified partners — playing alongside athletes with intellectual disabilities — or fans cheering in the stands.  Our volunteers are all ages and their commitments can range from an afternoon to a lifetime. With more than 5,000 volunteers needed annually, we are always looking for people willing to give their time and energy to support our mission.

Board Officers / Board Members

Kelley Gelinas
TD Bank

Ken Viscarello
Sheehan Phinney

Wayne Griffin
Knights of Columbus
Independent Consultant

Mike Elmer
Immediate Past Chairperson
Coca-Cola Beverages Northeast

Laura Devline
Chair of Governance
Boyle Shaughnessy Law

Mark Duggan
Chair of Development
Duggan, LLC


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