Celebrity Winterfest

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe

100 Country Club Dr.

Incline Village, NV

March 11-13, 2016

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The 19th annual Celebrity Winterfest® will once again take place at the luxurious Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe and Diamond Peak Ski Resort. Celebrity Winterfest is a high-profile, event packed weekend that provides a unique opportunity for company team building, client development and fun head-to-head friendly competition between the participating organizations,


Companies and organizations sponsor a team of 8 skiers, plus 8 guests. Each team is paired with a Special Olympics Athlete and a Celebrity. 


The weekend starts on Friday evening with the festive NetScout Welcome Reception where corporate teams are introduced to their Special Olympics athlete and celebrity. Saturday the participants enjoy some exciting toe-to-toe competition down the race course at Diamond Peak. The day ends with the Awards banquet and live auction, followed up on Sunday morning with the Polar Plungefest (an event you have to see to believe).


Who Benefits

All proceeds from this event directly benefit the growth of the Special Olympics Northern California and Nevada's Schools Partnership Program. In 2015-2016 over 7,150 K-12 special education students will train and compete in soccer, basketball and track & field. By participating in Special Olympics, athletes gain self-confidence and self-esteem that carries over into their every day lives, leading to greater academic success, improved interpersonal relationships and a positive school experience.


Not only do the special education students benefit from the program, but so do their non-disabled peers who serve as mentors and student coaches, promoting diversity and acceptance for everyone. To learn more about our Schools Partnership program and the impact it is making in our communities, visit Schools Partnership Program.


What the heck is Polar Plungefest?

Well there is no doubt about it, it is a crazy event, that is for sure. In fact, it helps to be just a tad crazy to do it. Basically people register online, set a fundraising goal and then email, family, friends and colleagues to support them. Then, here comes the crazy part, everyone jumps into Lake Tahoe, complete in costume! The event is open to the general public. People who don't want to plunge can still participate by registering as a chicken. 

2015 Recap
$217,078 raised for our Schools Partnership Program!

View Photos of the NetScout Welcome Reception

View Photos of the races at Diamond Peak

View Photos of the Awards Banquet

View Photos of the Polar Plungefest

Watch a video Recap of Race Day


Sponsorship opportunities for 2016 are available. For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Kevin Reeds at KevinR@sonc.org or at 925-944-8801 ext. 226.