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."
Mazars USA LLP
Top 100 Firm Mazars USA has announced its 2019 charitable Giving Theme as "Children's Health and Wellness."

Launched in 2018, the Giving Theme involves Mazars USA donating $100,000 each year to nonprofit organizations centered around a particular subject matter. Last year, the firm dedicated the program to fighting hunger, bolstering food drives across its offices.

"At Mazars, we believe that businesses thrive best by being a positive force in and giving back to their communities," stated Mazars USA chairman and CEO Victor Wahba. "I'm proud of how our giving efforts grew the past few years in our local neighborhoods and are privileged that this year, we're able to support so many amazing organizations that address Children's Health and Wellness issues."

Charities and organizations receiving donations this year include:
  • Make-A-Wish
  • Children's Specialized Hospital
  • KenCrest
  • Shriners Hospital Sacramento
  • Family and Children's Association Inc.
  • Mustard Seed School
  • The Joyful Child Foundation
  • Mental Health Association of Frederick County