2016 SOMO Annual Report

Our Support

Putting on more than 306 trainings, camps and competitions every year requires a lot of monetary and volunteer support. Whether it's a one-time donation, purchasing a raffle ticket, coaching a team, lending medical expertise at Healthy Athletes or your own unique way of support, your generosity makes it all possible. Thank you!

Law Enforcement Torch Run (R) Final Leg at the State Summer Games in Springfield

Law Enforcement Torch Run (R) Final Leg at the State Summer Games in Springfield

Taking a chilly dip at the Osage Beach Polar Plunge

Taking a chilly dip at the Osage Beach Polar Plunge

World's Largest Truck Convoy in Joplin

World's Largest Truck Convoy in Joplin

Recognizing sponsors at the State Outdoor Games in Jefferson City

Recognizing sponsors at the State Outdoor Games in Jefferson City

Over the Edge in Jefferson City

Over the Edge in Jefferson City

Out for an early-morning run at the Polar Bear Strut

Out for an early-morning run at the Polar Bear Strut

Making friends at the Shop 'n Save Golf Benefit & Gala

Making friends at the Shop 'n Save Golf Benefit & Gala


Fundraising Facts


Fundraising Successes

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150 agencies
5,300 officers
$2+ million raised

Special Olympics Missouri has been the charity of choice for law enforcement agencies around the state since 1986. Officers raise money for SOMO and assist with numerous fundraisers throughout the year.

Highlights:

  • The Missouri Law Enforcement Torch Run was recognized with the No. 6 ranking in the world in funds raised. 
  • A new $20,000 partner came on board - Aetna
 

Polar Plunge
January-March

14 locations
4,113 participants
$979,837 raised

The Polar Plunge is one of SOMO's signature fundraising events every year. Brave supporters raise $75 and jump into various frigid bodies of water around the state.

Highlights:

  • Springfield (newest location) had 170 participants and raised more than $36,000.
  • 30 Super Plungers (24 times in 24 hours) at two locations raised nearly $200,000.
 

Drive it home raffle
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1,200 sellers
26,906 tickets sold
$134,530 raised

Thanks to a generous donation from Missouri Automobile Dealers Association, SOMO raffled off a 2016 Ford F-150.

Highlights:

  • Added an 8th finalist through gameday sales at the Zimmer Radio tailgate party before the University of Missouri Tigers football game Nov. 25.
  • Partnered with Learfield Communications for a campaign that boosted ticket sales in October.
 

84 rapellers (33 in Jefferson City &
51 in St. Louis)
$162,135 raised

Over the Edge is a fundraiser for those wanting to show their support in a unique way by rappelling down at least a dozen stories in either Jefferson City or St. Louis. Step outside your comfort zone and rappel!

Highlights:

  • Jefferson City: Hosted the same day as the State Outdoor Games, which gave the community two ways to support SOMO that weekend. 
  • St. Louis: Widow of officer Blake Snyder of St. Louis County PD, Elizabeth Snyder, and her brother rappelled on media day (pictured above).
 

"Third-party" events

It may be cliche to say that "every dollar counts," but it's absolutely true. These so-called third-party events (fundraisers organized by dedicated volunteers) are the perfect example of our supporters thinking outside the box when it comes to raising money for their favorite charity. Individually, these events may not seem like they raised much, but together they add up quickly. In 2016, we received more than $206,120 in donations from third-party events.

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SOMO staff member Mary Niswonger poses for a photo with Grand Knight/Event Chairman Ambrose Buechter

SOMO staff member Mary Niswonger poses for a photo with Grand Knight/Event Chairman Ambrose Buechter

St. Martin's Knights of Columbus Council No. 7194 held its third annual Cosmic Bingo event in 2016 with 413 people taking part. In just three years, the event has raised more than $20,000 for the Training for Life Campus. Grand Knight and Event Chairman Ambrose Buechter said, "The (TLC) is an extraordinary project for the Knights of Columbus to be a part of and we are honored to do our part in making it happen for SOMO athletes." 

Tip-A-Cop events

 

Held in cooperation with local restaurants, these events have really taken off in recent years. In 2016, there were 50 individual events held in various restaurants across the state. Officers from law enforcement agencies work alongside the regular wait staff but their “tips” are donated to Special Olympics. More than $61,000 was raised in total. This event builds a positive collaborative relationship between local law enforcement agencies, the restaurant locations and the customers -- making the dining out experience even more fun than planned. Thanks to law enforcement who go beyond the call of duty to support SOMO and our athletes in their off time!

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Runners hit the streets of Clayton, Mo.

Runners hit the streets of Clayton, Mo.

1,040 runners participated in the 2016 Clayton 5K and ½ Marathon held in Clayton.  This was the 14th year for the St. Louis Track Club and Clayton Police Department to team up to benefit SOMO in this annual event.  The total raised from their 2016 event was $20,713 counting runners and sponsors.  Thank you, Clayton! To participate in this year's event, visit this website.

bearly there team's fundraiser event

 

It’s a night of fun as some of Jefferson City’s most courageous men step out of their comfort zone for one night only, as they replace their boots for high heels, wigs and makeup to compete for a crown. All proceeds benefit Special Olympics Missouri and are raised by a dedicated team of volunteers called “The Bearly There Team” who have participated annually in the Polar Plunge or Over the Edge events. In six years, they’ve raised more than $170,300. The 2016 event raised $40,000 from ticket sales, sponsorships and collections. 


More than 1,700 runners took part in the Law Enforcement Torch Run (R) at Fort Leonard Wood

More than 1,700 runners took part in the Law Enforcement Torch Run (R) at Fort Leonard Wood

The third annual Ladies Night Out Gala & Piccadilly in St. Joseph had more than 450 participants and raised more than $36,000.

The third annual Ladies Night Out Gala & Piccadilly in St. Joseph had more than 450 participants and raised more than $36,000.

The first Anglin' for the Athletes fishing tournament at Bull Shoals Lake raised more than $3,400.

The first Anglin' for the Athletes fishing tournament at Bull Shoals Lake raised more than $3,400.

The annual Royals Charities Golf Tournament is a joint fundraiser for Special Olympics Missouri and Special Olympics Kansas. Last year it raised more than $65,000. The Royals also invite our athletes out for a day at the ballpark complete with a pre-game scrimmage on the field.

The annual Royals Charities Golf Tournament is a joint fundraiser for Special Olympics Missouri and Special Olympics Kansas. Last year it raised more than $65,000. The Royals also invite our athletes out for a day at the ballpark complete with a pre-game scrimmage on the field.

More than 1,000 unners participated in the 2016 Clayton 5K and half marathon.  This was the 14th year for the St. Louis Track Club and Clayton Police Dept. to team up to benefit SOMO in this annual event.  The total raised from its 2016 event was $20,713.

More than 1,000 unners participated in the 2016 Clayton 5K and half marathon.  This was the 14th year for the St. Louis Track Club and Clayton Police Dept. to team up to benefit SOMO in this annual event.  The total raised from its 2016 event was $20,713.

Law enforcement officers held more than 50 Tip-A-Cops throughout the state in 2016. This photo was taken at a Culver's in Affton.

Law enforcement officers held more than 50 Tip-A-Cops throughout the state in 2016. This photo was taken at a Culver's in Affton.

 

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