Blazent Celebrity Winterfest

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Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe

100 Country Club Dr.

Incline Village, NV

March 13-15, 2015


Sponsorship opportunities for 2015 are available. For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Kevin Reeds at or at 925-944-8801 ext. 226.


General Information

Who Benefits

Weekend Schedule

What the heck is Plungefest?

2014 Recap in Pictures

2014 Teams


The 18th annual Blazent Celebrity Winterfest® takes 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. If teams wish to bring more than eight guests, additional guest packages are available. 



Who Benefits

All proceeds from this event directly benefit the growth of the Special Olympics Northern California and Nevada's Schools Partnership Program. In 2013-2014 over 6,500 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.




Friday - March 13, 2015

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Practice Run Available - Diamond Peak Ski Resort

7:00 pm - 11:00 pm Welcome Party - Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe


Saturday, March 14, 2015

9:30 Opening Ceremonies - Diamond Peak Ski Resort

10:00 am - 3:00 pm Corporate Ski Challenge- Diamond Peak Ski Resort

6:00 pm - 6:45 pm Reception - Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe

7:00 pm - 12:00 am Awards Dinner and Live Auction - Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe


Sunday, March 15, 2015

9:00 am - 9:45 am Polar Plungefest Registration - Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Private Beach

9:45 am - 10:00 am Costume Parade

10:00 am - 10:15 am PLUNGE

10:30 - 1:00 pm Post Plungefest Party  



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.  ONLINE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!!.



2014 Recap in Pictures

Netscout Welcome Reception

Race Day

Awards Dinner

Polar Plungefest 





Blazent is celebrating its 11th year as a marquee supporter of Celebrity Winterfest. Blazent is the world's most widely-used IT Data Integrity Engine. Built on patented algorithms developed over the last decade, Blazent's cloud-based engine aggregates, reconciles and consolidates IT data to guarantee continuous accuracy, and to optimize IT management & operations. Global 5000 executives rely on Blazent to ensure effective governance & compliance, mitigate risk, control costs and support major business transformation. As the gold standard for IT Data Integrity, Blazent empowers the business of IT. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter @Blazent.


Fruition Partners is an experienced cloud-service management firm with a proven history of process transformation and practical results.  From robust service offerings to innovative products, Fruition Partners has the technology-enabled tools and services to help organizations attain sustainable success throughout the entire ITSM process. Ranked #480 on the 2013 Inc. 500 fastest growing companies list, with 400+ ServiceNow implementations, Fruition is a Master Services Partner of ServiceNow.  The company boasts a staff of more than 200 service management experts.  Fruition’s depth of knowledge ensures clients experience the cost and performance benefits of cloud-based service management quickly and easily. Visit    



Information Services Group (ISG) (NASDAQ: III) is a leading technology insights, market intelligence and advisory services company, serving more than 500 clients around the world to help them achieve operational excellence. ISG supports private and public sector organizations to transform and optimize their operational environments through research, benchmarking, consulting and managed services, with a focus on information technology, business process transformation, program management services and enterprise resource planning. Clients look to ISG for unique insights and innovative solutions for leveraging technology, the deepest data source in the industry, and more than five decades of experience of global leadership in information and advisory services. ISG’s Management Service: Consumption Management (CM) provides clients a single, enterprise-wide view of IT asset hardware/software identity, usage, spend, and compliance.   CM combines tools and processes that validate and reconcile the myriad of existing asset and reporting tools including the CMDB, inventory, monitoring, and operational asset tools. With this information, ISG enables firms to reduce costs, mitigate risk and manage change in their IT estate.   Based in Stamford, Conn., the company has more than 800 employees and operates in 21 countries


This is the seventh consecutive year NetScout has participated in Special Olympics Northern California & Nevada Celebrity Winterfest and the fourth year NetScout has sponsored the “Let the Games Begin” Welcome Reception. NetScout Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTCT) is the market leader in application and network performance management solutions that enable enterprise and service provider organizations to assure quality user experience for business and mobile services. Used by 92 percent of Fortune 100 organizations and more than 165 service providers worldwide, NetScout’s technology helps organizations proactively manage service delivery and identify emerging performance problems, helping to quickly resolve issues that cause service outages and network downtime.   For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter @NetScout.


After retiring from the North Tahoe Fire Department in 2008, Dirk Schoonmaker started his own Construction business – Schoonmaker Construction. Between building his own house in 1998, working as a structural engineer for five years, and having an innate ability to troubleshoot and solve problems, Dirk has developed a solid business built on the foundation of honesty and fairness. He treats his clients the way he would treat his grandparents, if he were working for them. Dirk’s brother, Jonathan Schoonmaker, is a board member of Special Olympics Northern California & Nevada.


Tim and Denise have been a part of the lives of Special Olympics athletes for over 13 years. Tim has been a volunteer coach for track and field in San Francisco for Special Olympics Northern California & Nevada since 2001, participating in athlete training as well as local, regional and state meets. Tim is a member of the Special Olympics Northern California & Nevada Board of Directors and was a member of the Silicon Valley Special Olympics Northern California advisory board from 2007-09. Tim has sponsored various Special Olympics fundraising events, including our “Spirit of the Season” event for eight years as well as the past three Celebrity Winterfests.


Founded in 1883, Wente Vineyards is the oldest continuously-operated, family-owned winery in the country; owned and managed by the fourth and fifth generations of the Wente family. The winery draws from nearly 3,000 acres of sustainably farmed Estate vineyards in the Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay and Arroyo Seco, Monterey appellations to create an outstanding portfolio of fine wines.


Sponsorship opportunities for 2015 are available. For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Kevin Reeds at or at 925-944-8801 ext. 226.