There were 13 National Guardian Life Insurance Company (NGL) employees who took the plunge and participated in the Polar Plunge on February 17 for Special Olympics Wisconsin. The two NGL teams – Black Swans and Hannah’s Angels – doubled their fundraising efforts by taking advantage of NGL’s matching gifts program. Combining the teams’ fundraising efforts, NGL’s matching gifts and Presenting Sponsorship; more than $20,000 was donated to benefit Special Olympics Wisconsin.
NGL employees have participated in the Polar Plunge for the past few years. This year, Lori Hogan, NGL System Analyst and Lisa Nemitz, NGL Associate Accountant, were the top five individual fundraisers for the Madison Polar Plunge and NGL team, Hannah’s Angels, was one of the top five fundraising teams for the Madison Polar Plunge.
Nemitz has a personal reason for participating in Polar Plunge and raising money for Special Olympics Wisconsin. Her niece Hannah has special needs and has been in the Special Olympics since she was 8 years old.
“I formed the team Hannah’s Angels after my niece, Hannah, to help the Tomah Area Special Olympics with costs that are needed for the children and adults to participate in events. What most people don’t realize is, the parents have to pay for some things out of their pockets and most can’t afford to,” said Nemitz.
After meeting Hannah, Hogan decided she wanted to join Hannah’s Angels and raise money for a good cause. “This is only my second year doing the plunge with Hannah’s Angels. I joined the team because Hannah puts a face to Special Olympics for me. I plan on continuing to participate for as long as my body allows. I look forward to raising even more money next year. When I do something, I don’t do it half way, I go all in,” said Hogan.
Dan Durow, NGL Second Vice President Corporate Actuary, Strategic Services organizes the Black Swans team. “I’ve participated in the Polar Plunge for 17 or 18 years. It’s a really good time and a great cause. When I was in middle school I would help kids with intellectual disabilities on their assignments. It was one of the best things I ever did as I learned a lot,” said Durow.