Events

Special Olympics Iowa Mid-Winter Tournament

March 14, 2015 - 9:00 am - 4:30 pm at University of Iowa
University of Iowa

Every year in March, nearly 1,000 athletes compete in basketball, basketball skills, powerlifting, gymnastics and cheerleading during the Mid-Winter Tournament at the University of Iowa Field House in Iowa City.  The evening before the tournament, a banquet and dance takes place at the Marriott.  Healthy Athlete programs are also held at the Field House during the competitions.

Leprechaun Chase 10K

March 14, 2015 - 10:00 am at Principal Park
1 Line Dr.

www.lc10k.com/leprechaun-chase-10k-iowa/

A flat and fast race course in Downtown Des Moines that runs by Gray’s Lake, Principal Park, and Martin Luther King Blvd –  high five a bagpiper and strut across the finish line to the Green Beer Block Party. Charity of Choice: The Animal Rescue League of Iowa Inc.

Freight Train Frank and John Lee Egan

March 14, 2015 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm at Des Lux Hotel and Bar
800 Locust Street

Freight Train Frank and John Lee Egan will perform from 7 until 10 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at the Des Lux Hotel at 800 Locust Street in beautiful downtown Des Moines. Come on down and help us celebrate the run up to St. Patrick’s Day!

Special Olympics Iowa Ames Greek Polar Plunge

March 28, 2015 - 8:00 am - 12:00 pm at State Gym
Beyer Hall, Iowa State University

Plunge teams are recommended to register online. Teams of 10 or more are encouraged. You can recruit a team or be placed on one the day of the Plunge. Prize categories include best costume (individual and team), top individual fundraiser, top online fundraiser (as of Feb. 24) and top “chicken” fundraiser. A post party will be held immediately after the Plunge. Enjoy fun, food, drink, music, drawings and silent auction. Lunch can be purchased for spectators at registration for $5 ages 6+, 5 and under eat for free. The more money you raise, the more great Polar Plunge gear you can earn!

Wells Fargo vs San Antonio

March 28, 2015 - 12:30 pm at Wells Fargo Arena
233 Center Street

15th Annual AIDS Run/Walk

April 11, 2015 - 9:00 am - 11:00 am at Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue

Join us for the 15th Annual AIDS Walk/Run! This fun 1-mile walk or challenging 5K run winds through the beautiful campus of Des Moines University and the historic South of Grand neighborhood. The event is Saturday, April 11 from 9 to 11 a.m.

Pets, children and families of all ages are welcome on the route. There will be raffle items, face painting, Starbucks Coffee, entertainment from the Isiserettes Drum Corps, and educational and awareness activities along the race course.

Register for just $20 per person (includes a t-shirt!), and spread the word on Facebook!

Registration: https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/PrimaryHealthCare/AIDSWalkRun15.html

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/853668404696685/

Please share this info with anyone who is interested in health and wellness, or who feels strongly about LGBT equality.All proceeds from the event will go to central Iowans living with HIV/AIDS.

Iowa Special Olympics Iowa City Polar Plunge

April 11, 2015 - 12:00 pm at Coralville Lake
Coralville Lake

Plunge teams are recommended to register online. Teams of 10 or more are encouraged. You can recruit a team or be placed on one the day of the Plunge. Prize categories include best costume (individual and team), top individual fundraiser, top online fundraiser (as of Feb. 24) and top “chicken” fundraiser. A post party will be held immediately after the Plunge. Enjoy fun, food, drink, music, drawings and silent auction. Lunch can be purchased for spectators at registration for $5 ages 6+, 5 and under eat for free. The more money you raise, the more great Polar Plunge gear you can earn!

Special Olympics Iowa Cedar Falls/Waterloo Polar Plunge

April 18, 2015 - 12:00 pm at George Wyth State Park
3659 Wyth Road

Plunge teams are recommended to register online. Teams of 10 or more are encouraged. You can recruit a team or be placed on one the day of the Plunge. Prize categories include best costume (individual and team), top individual fundraiser, top online fundraiser (as of Feb. 24) and top “chicken” fundraiser. A post party will be held immediately after the Plunge. Enjoy fun, food, drink, music, drawings and silent auction. Lunch can be purchased for spectators at registration for $5 ages 6+, 5 and under eat for free. The more money you raise, the more great Polar Plunge gear you can earn!

2015 YESS Duck Derby

May 2, 2015 - 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm at Jordan Creek Town Center
101 Jordan Creek Pkwy

You won’t want to miss the quack-tacular 8th Annual YESS Duck Derby! The fun starts at Noon, when you and your friends and family can enjoy FREE entertainment, kids’ activities, and food samples from Jordan Creek-area restaurants.  At 2:00pm, thousands of yellow rubber ducks will race through the lake at Jordan Creek Town Center, all vying to cross the finish line first and be named Top Duck. You can adopt a duck (or a whole flock!) and cheer it on to victory and the chance to win fantastic prizes, including $10,000 cash!

Adopt your ducks here!

www.duckrace.com/desmoines

  • Adopt a Duck (1) – $5.00
  • Adopt a “Six Quack” (6) – $25.00
  • Adopt a “Quackers Dozen” (12) – $50.00
  • Adopt a “Flock” (25) – $100.00

All event proceeds benefit the hundreds of children and teens who find safety and shelter at YESS – Iowa’s largest (and still growing) youth shelter and family crisis center. You can learn more about the children and families that YESS serves by visiting www.yessiowa.org.

Gourmet Gala (fundraiser)

May 16, 2015 - 6:00 pm at Seasons Marketplace Iowa State University
1215 Friley Rd

The Gourmet Gala is a cooking contest consisting of tops chefs who are employed by ISU Dining who each prepare a meal for guests who are invited to taste and judge. At the end of the night a winner will be awarded the silver spoon. This event is held as a fundraiser for guest to donate and support Special Olympics.

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