Lobster Dip 2020

Lobster Dip 2020 is coming New Year’s Day…

and we hope you are coming too! Remember, it’s Maine’s original dip!

      And it’s not just a Dip – it’s a day-long event.  Post Dip party includes free buffet, live music, cash bar and fun, fun and more fun!  Hundreds of our faithful will be on hand and we want you to be there to.  It’s time to start making plans, forming teams, setting up your personal fundraising page and get ready for the 32nd annual Lobster Dip to benefit Special Olympics Maine!  Bring a friend this year!

In 1988 members of the Portland Rugby Club organized the first Lobster Dip under the leadership of Head Lobster Rocky Frenzelli.  We thank all of you who have stayed with us and with Maine’s “ORIGINAL” Dip throughout the years and welcome anyone new who would like to “take the dip!”

In 2019, Dippers raised over $100,000 dollars for our statewide, year-round program of sports training and athletic competitions for the more than 4,300 athletes with intellectual disabilities we serve across the state!

ALL Dippers must raise a minimum of $100. Those who do, and register properly, will receive a premium long-sleeved commemorative Lobster Dip t-shirt!   Additional incentives will apply for additional funds raised-ALSO grand prizes for top fundraisers!

Here are the Specifics for the 2020 Event:

  • What: Annual Lobster Dip to benefit Special Olympics Maine
  • When: New Year’s Day – January 1st @ 12 Noon – sharp!  Where:  Old Orchard Beach in front of The Brunswick (39 West Grand Ave)
  • And as always: The renowned “Post Dip Party” to follow at The Brunswick (food, cash bar, music, football &fun!)

Here’s How to Participate/Support:  All NEW fundraising incentives again this year!

  • Individuals – MUST raise a MINIMUM of $100. and register properly (add’l prizes/incentives for add’l funds raised)
  • Teams – 5 or more dippers may register as a team (each team member MUST raise a minimum of $100.). Simply choose a team name & register under that team name.(Add’l prizes/incentives also apply based on funds raised)
  • Costume Contest – NEW THIS YEAR: Ramp up the fun by coming in costume. Grand prize to the winner.

Don’t want to dip but still want to support? Donate Today! – Donate today by going to firstgiving.com/event/SOME/Lobster-Dip-2020 and click the donate button.

2 Steps to Properly Register

  1. Setting up an online Personal Fundraising Page:  Go to www.firstgiving.com/event/SOME/Lobster-Dip-2020
    • Click the Fundraising button
    • Customize the text and the photo on your online Personal Fundraising Page and express your passions and your purpose.
    • Email your Personal Fundraising Page link & share via social media networks with your family, friends, colleagues &/or anyone you think will help you with your fundraising goal.
  2. Check-in: All dippers must check-in prior to participating in the Lobster Dip.  Check- in early to beat the rush or the day of the dip. Turn in cash/check donations and collect incentives.
    • Pre-Check-In – Monday, December 30th, 2019 & Tuesday, December 31st, 2019 – check-in between 9 AM & 5 PM
      Special Olympics Maine State Office – 125 John Roberts Road – Unit #5 South Portland, ME 04106
    • Check-In Day of Dip – Wednesday, January 1st, 2020 – check-in between 9AM & 11:30 AM,
      The Brunswick – 39 West Grand Ave, Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064
Lobster Dip Information Packet:

Helpful Tips:
–  Plan to arrive by at least 11:00 AM, even if you have pre-checked in – to allow time to find a parking spot and get into The Brunswick.
–  Bring (beach shoes/old sneakers, etc.) to wear into the water, and a towel/blanket/robe for when you come out –limited changing areas.
–  If you have pre-checked in, but have more money to turn in on Dip Day, you may do so that morning at Check in!

2019 Big Chill Plunge


3rd Annual
Big Chill Unified School Plunge
Maranacook Lake, Winthrop (New Location)

Special Olympics Maine is hosting its third annual Big Chill Unified School Plunge in Maranacook Lake in Winthrop on Saturday March 16th, 2019 hosted by American Legion Post #40.  This plunge is specific for students.  All funds raised will benefit Special Olympics Maine’s Unified Champion Schools programs with 30% of a school’s total money raised going directly back to the school to help fund current  and future Unified Champion Schools’ initiatives.  Come join the fun and show your school spirit while supporting a great cause!  Participants are required to raise a MINIMUM of $75.00 and will receive the official commemorative Big Chill Unified School Plunge t-shirt. Additional incentives and prizes are available based on additional monies raised. (See Incentives below.)

Share the information below with students, faculty and your school community.  Hang the School Poster in the school hallways and encourage your school community to participate in Big Chill Unified School Plunge to benefit not only Special Olympics Maine but their school as well!!  Remember 30% of a school’s total money raised goes directly back to the school to help fund current and future Unified Schools’ initiatives like a Unified Sports program, Spread the Word to End the Word awareness campaign and other Unified Champion School’s initiatives. This is a great way to get all students and faculty involved to have a “Chill” time, promote inclusion and raise money for their school and Special Olympics Maine’s Unified Champion Schools program.  Spread the Word today!

Here are the Specifics for the 3rd Annual 2019 Event:

  • What: 3rd Annual Big Chill Unified School Plunge –to benefit Special Olympics Maine Unified Champion Schools Program
  • When: Saturday March 16th, 2019 10am sharp to plunge!
  • Where: Winthrop Town Beach at Maranacook Lake

Registration will be held that morning from 8:30 – 9:45 am at Winthrop American Legion Post 40, 117 Bowdoin St, Winthrop

  • Pre-Plunge Pancake Breakfast: All participants will enjoy a Pancake breakfast prior to their plunge ($10/per non-plunger)
  • Plunge Theme: “School Spirit” – participants are encouraged to show their school spirit. The school showcasing the most school spirit will be recognized after the Plunge.

 Here’s How to Participate:

Raise a MINIMUM of $75 and register properly (additional incentives & prizes apply).  The day of the plunge all participants must also properly register in order to participate which includes turning in money raised at check-in, along with a signed release form (enclosed in this packet).  Plungers will then receive a plunge “bracelet” and a commemorative t-shirt.  NOTE:  Additional incentives will apply for additional funds raised (see additional info enclosed).  GRAND PRIZES will also be awarded for the top individual and top school fundraising totals (certain requirements apply – see additional info enclosed)

Setup a Personal Fundraising Page:  Plungers will have the capability once again, for fundraising online via FirstGiving

  1. Go to  www.firstgiving.com/event/SOME/BIG-CHILL-Unified-Champion-Schools-Plunge 
  2. Click Join Now!
  3. Start Fundraising!

Helpful Tips to Plungers:

  • Plan to arrive early to park and register.
  • “Gang style” changing areas will be available before and after the plunge (gender specific).
  • Bring something to wear on your feet when entering the water (water shoes/old sneakers).
  • Also bring a beach towel, blanket, bathrobe for when you exit the water. – Don’t forget to bring your funds raised


  • ALL Individuals raising a minimum of $75.00 will receive a commemorative Big Chill Unified School Plunge t-shirt.
  • Individuals raising a minimum of $250 will receive a commemorative Big Chill Unified School Plunge sweatshirt (and T-shirt)
  • Top Big Chill Participant – top individual fundraiser raising over $500 will receive a $100 visa gift card.
  • Top Big Chill School – top fundraising school raising over $1,000 will receive an additional 10% (above the 30%) of all funds raised by their students and a traveling trophy for “school bragging rights!”
  • Top Big Chill School Spirit Award – schools with the most school spirit will be recognized after the Plunge.

Other important information:


2019 Winter Games Raffle Winners

Quilt Winner:  Kim Hubbard  Sacopee

Winter Games Raffle

  •  1st Kidney Shaped Concrete Garden Bench- Bruce Jardine
  • 2nd 3 hr Fishing/Sight Seeing Excursion for 4- Sharon Crowe of Waterville
  • 3rd 40 inch Vizio Smart TV- Tom Baert
  • 4th $100 Target Gift Card- Karla Campbell of Augusta
  • 5th Stonewall Kitchen Breakfast Basket – Thomas Jehnings of Guilford