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An icy dip for plungers at the Special Olympics Colorado Polar Plunge. —Photo Courtesy of Special Olympics Colorado

Our Top Charitable Picks for February 15-21

Get Involved is a weekly series pointing readers toward community-oriented events, volunteer opportunities, and good causes in Colorado.

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Events to Attend

Pints for Purpose: Give back by enjoying an after-work beer at Copper Kettle Brewery on Tuesday. One dollar of every pint will go towards scholarships for Children’s Hospital Colorado’s Camp Zenith, an overnight camp for children ages 8 to 18 with traumatic brain injuries. The Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center along with Children’s Hospital Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy staff annually facilitate hiking excursions, climbing adventures, canoeing, and more during this five-day experience. Children return from camp with newfound self-confidence and independence, skills they can draw on for the rest of their lives. Tuesday, 5–10 p.m.; 1338 S. Valentia St.

Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Colorado: Are you craving a different kind of adrenaline rush? Join the brave plungers on Saturday for Special Olympics Colorado’s biggest fundraising series of the year. Participants will jump into the freezing waters of Horsetooth Reservoir in Fort Collins and Aurora Reservoir in Aurora in support of the 19,600 Coloradans with intellectual disabilities who compete in Special Olympics events. Build a team or register as an individual (you must raise the minimum of $75 to participate, $50 for students) and bring your costumes because prizes will be awarded. Stick around for the after-party and to cheer on other plungers. Saturday, 11 a.m.; Horsetooth Reservoir, 4200 W. County Road 38 E., Fort Collins; Aurora Reservoir, 5800 S. Powhaton Rd., Aurora; $75

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Causes to Care About

Front Range Adaptive Climbing Club: Paradox Sports and Adaptive Adventures have teamed up to sponsor this growing community of adaptive climbers. With the goal of connecting through a love of the sport, adaptive athletes with any type of physical disability and of all experience levels are welcome to join. Seasoned volunteers will help with belaying and adaptive equipment. The club meets twice per month at Boulder Rock Club in Boulder and Earth Treks in Golden, and all participants are encouraged to register in advance. Second Monday of each month, 6–8:30 p.m., Boulder Rock Club, 2829 Mapleton Ave., Boulder, $8; Third Wednesday of each month 6–8:30 p.m., Earth Treks, 700 Golden Ridge Rd., Golden, $15

National Sports Center for the Disabled: This innovative organization is the world leader in outdoor therapeutic and adaptive sports. Based out of Winter Park Resort and in partnership with Sports Authority Field at Mile High, NSCD serves more than 3,000 children and adults with physical, cognitive, behavioral, and emotional diagnoses every year. With activities ranging from alpine skiing to rock climbing, paddle sports to horseback riding, athletes can participate at recreational up through Olympic levels, gaining independence and self-confidence along the way. Check out the Annual Wells Fargo Ski Cup at Winter Park Resort February 26–28. 41st Annual Wells Fargo Ski Cup, February 26–28, Winter Park Resort

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