Polar Plunge for Special Olympics


We are Parker's Party!

Parker, who was born with Down Syndrome, is now a 6th-grader at St. Barnabas. He continues to light up our school and is making incredible strides in and out of the classroom. Together with Parker, his family and friends, teachers, and loved ones, Parker's Party took the plunge into freezing Lake Michigan (for the fifth year!) to raise support and awareness for people of every age and ability to have the same opportunities that we are all lucky enough to have every day.

Join or Donate to Parker's Party 2022!

Purchase Parker's Party Gear Here (Deadline is Feb. 11, 2022)!

Second grade teacher Grace Sadowski started the plunge six years ago, and Parker's Party has been growing ever since! Over the years, the team has raised over $62,000 for Special Olympics! Although the 2021 Polar Plunge was virtual, that didn't stop Parker's Party from filming themselves plunging into the snow and raising money for this great cause, and we are so excited to be back on the beach again for 2022!

Parker's Party 2021 Video

Parker's Party on WGN!

Parker's Party on Fox Chicago!

Check out this article about Parker's Party in The Beverly Review!


Join Parker's Party as they #makeasplash for Parker and all those who need a little extra love and support. This year we can’t gather and celebrate together,  but the Special Olympics still needs support and we can still have some fun, while showing Parker some extra love! See the flyer below for how to participate in the snow with your family, or how to donate to this amazing cause via the Parker's Party Polar Plunge page here. Last year, the team size more than doubled and so did their fundraising goal. Parker's Party invites all supporters to join them on March 6 for this fun and freezing but equally heartwarming Polar Plunge!

parker flyer


nolan and parker

2020 group