BJ's Wholesale Club to be a Presenting Sponsor of the NC State University 5k Run 'N Plunge Fundraiser for Special Olympics North Carolina

Raleigh, NC (PressExposure) January 26, 2009 -- The NC State 5k Run ‘N Plunge has added BJ’s Wholesale Club as a Presenting sponsor for the North Carolina State Run ‘N Plunge fundraiser being organized by the NC State University Campus Police to benefit the NC Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.

“We are a proud to be a presenting sponsor of this fun, family-friendly event that is benefiting Special Olympics athletes,” said Megan Deporter, Community Relations Manager for BJs Membership Club.

The Run ‘N Plunge fundraiser will take place at Lake Raleigh, NC State University, Centennial Campus on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009. This unique fundraiser will benefit the North Carolina Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. The event includes a 5k run/walk and a polar plunge into the cold waters of Lake Raleigh. Participants may do the race and the plunge or just one.

Runners/walkers are encouraged to lace up the sneakers for a 5k race around the USATF certified Centennial Campus course at 9 a.m. A minimum donation fee of $25 per runner is required. Runners/walkers may pre-register online at or register on-site the morning of the event. Participants are encouraged to create personal fundraising web pages at [] to send to family and friends to solicit support. All race participants will receive a free event T-shirt.

At 11 a.m., brave souls will take a leap into the chilly waters of Lake Raleigh for the polar plunge. A minimum $50 donation fee is required to plunge. Plungers may register and create a personal fundraising web page online at Plungers will receive a free long-sleeved event T-shirt.

All participants can enjoy the Run ’N Plunge event festival (9 a.m.- 1 p.m.) which will include homemade chili, baked goods, post race snacks, music, raffles and the chance to meet Special Olympics athletes!

NC State Run ‘N Plunge event sponsors include: BJ’s Wholesale Club (Presenting).

Sponsorship opportunities are available to local businesses and corporations! A fun employee outing and great marketing benefits will result from supporting Special Olympics North Carolina athletes in this event! Call 919-539-5963 for more details.

Since BJ’s Wholesale Club opened 24 years ago, the company has taken great pride in being a good corporate citizen. BJ’s has expressed that pride by giving back to the communities in which their stores reside. Through charitable giving, community relations programs, product donations and grants from BJ’s Charitable Foundation, BJ’s supports and enhances programs that provide vital services within each community. BJ’s focuses primarily on children and families with the goal of creating a long-lasting impact.

For more event information, visit or call 919-515-5963.

Special Olympics North Carolina offers year-round sports training and competition for more than 38,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. These athletes inspire greatness through their success and provide motivation to the thousands of coaches, sports officials, local program committee members and event organizers involved in Special Olympics statewide. SONC offers Olympic-type competition in 20 sports on local and state levels. It is among the largest Special Olympics program in the world in terms of registered athletes.

About Special Olympics North Carolina

Megan O’Donnell
800-843-6276, ext. 106

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Press Release Submitted On: January 25, 2009 at 9:35 pm
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