North Carolina accounting firm DMJ & Co. participated in its 19th consecutive Polar Plunge and Triad Chill on Feb. 23, leaping into the icy waters of the local Wet ’n’ Wild Emerald Pointe to benefit the Special Olympics.

DMJ’s fundraising efforts resulted in a $13,000 donation to the Special Olympics, with the Polar Plunge raising more than $45,000 in all. Caren Rodriguez, director of marketing at DMJ, and Mike Gillis, managing partner, presented the Special Olympics with a symbolic $13,000 check. The firm has donated more than $170,000 since the inaugural plunge in 2000.

The firm raised donations via “causal days” and the support of the local community.

DMJ’s 2019 team of plungers included Ashleigh Anderson, Jess Bankhead and David Mize of the Greensboro Office; Ginger Quick of the Sanford office; and Jeff Houston of the Durham office.

“Being part of this event is very personal to each and every one of us at DMJ,” stated Rodriguez. “Along with our professional staff, more than 150 clients and community members have joined Team DMJ’s fundraising efforts, graciously sharing personal stories of how Special Olympics has made an impact on their lives. The support and the enthusiasm of our firm demonstrate DMJ’s ongoing commitment to Special Olympics, its mission and their athletes.”

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