NGL and its employees donate over $10,000 for Special Olympics Wisconsin

Hannah’s Angels and Black Swans the two NGL Polar Plunge Teams who participated in the Madison Polar Plunge on February 16. (Front row: Jeanne Curley and Holly Kangas. Back row: Leah Tekippe, Lori Hogan, Dan Durow, Lisa Nemitz and Kurt Smith. Missing from photo: David Garpiel)

There were eight National Guardian Life Insurance Company (NGL) employees who took the plunge and participated in the Polar Plunge on February 16 at Olin Park 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 NGL’s Supporting Sponsorship more than $10,000 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, was a top five individual fundraiser for the Madison Polar Plunge raising $2,778. Out of the 123 total teams, NGL teams – Hannah’s Angels and Black Swans – were in the top 10 fundraising teams for the Madison Polar Plunge, raising $7,634 and $5,300 respectively.

Lisa Nemitz, NGL Associate Accountant, 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 eight years old.

“I formed the team Hannah’s Angels after my niece, Hannah, to help offset costs that are needed for the children and adults to participate in events. What most people don’t realize is, the parents pay for some things out of their pockets and most can’t afford to,” said Nemitz. 

Check out this video with pictures from the Polar Plunge:

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