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Plunging for Special Olympics Arkansas

By: 17 January 2011 4 Comments

Mitchell Mote, immediate past president of the Benton/Bryant Realtors Association, participated in a Polar Bear Plunge on Saturday at Hurricane Lake to raise money for Special Olympics Arkansas.

Mitchell Mote, a Benton Realtor and immediate past president of the Benton/Bryant Realtors Association, wanted to start the board’s Special Olympics Arkansas fundraising efforts off right.

What did he do? He jumped in Hurricane Lake on Saturday morning in 33-degree water after presenting area Realtors and affiliated businesses a challenge — he’d hop in the lake if contributors donated some cash.

Realtors and affiliates responded to Mote’s challenge by giving $199.23 to Special Olympics — far exceeding Mote’s initial goal of $100 and getting close to the newer goal of $200. You can see who contributed to Mote’s fundraiser by clicking here and visiting the site he put up to raise money for his Polar Bear Plunge. Remember — it’s not too late to make a donation while you’re visiting that site. According to the Benton/Bryant Association, 100 percent of the money raised through the board and by its members goes directly to Special Olympics Arkansas.

What happens to the money donated to Special Olympics? It’s used to cover the costs of Arkansas athletes competing in Special Olympics events around the nation. Thanks to local Arkansas boards of Realtors such as Benton/Bryant, those athletes don’t have to pay a dime to attend competitions.

A chilly -- but triumphant -- Mote (right).

Since 1986, Arkansas Realtors have raised more than $1.6 million dollars for Special Olympics Arkansas, according to statistics from that organization. Since 1992, the Benton/Bryant Association has won six awards from the Arkansas Realtors Association for its members’ efforts in helping raise money for Special Olympics.

Mote said he decided to participate in the Polar Bear Plunge event in Saturday in hopes of kicking off his board’s fundraising efforts for 2011.

Sarah Sikes, chairman of the Benton/Bryant Association’s Special Olympics fundraising committee, said she plans on putting more of an emphasis on raising money for the charity this year. Will the board have some events planned this year? Sikes said you’d better believe it will, and you’ll find more details on those events at when they are announced.


About: Ethan C. Nobles:
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