Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Local Polar Plunge Planned for Saturday

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Local Polar Plunge Planned for Saturday

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Brave souls and warm hearts from the area are preparing for an icy dip as the 2012 Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Indiana returns to the Evansville area. On Saturday, Feb. 18, the event will begin at 1:00 p.m. at Scales Lake in Boonville. On-site registration will open at 11:30 a.m.

As Special Olympics Indiana's signature fundraising event, the Polar Plunge invites Hoosier residents to be "Freezin' for a Reason" by raising funds and awareness for adults and children with intellectual disabilities. Polar Plunge participants will brave the icy cold water at one of 11 sites throughout the state during the month of February for Special Olympics Indiana. Last year, the Polar Plunge season raised more than $370,000 for Special Olympics Indiana.

"The Polar Plunge is a very unique event. It gives everyone in the community an opportunity to make their support of Special Olympics Indiana official by getting involved in an exhilarating activity that really makes a difference in the lives of our deserving athletes," shared Special Olympics Indiana President and CEO Michael Furnish.

"We had 1,857 Plungers in 2011, and we're looking forward to this year's Plunge season and the continued outpouring of community support. Even if you're not planning to take the dip, we encourage you to come out to the Plunge site nearest you to support our athletes and some very brave Plungers!" In order to plunge, participants must raise a "bear" minimum of $75 ($50 minimum with a student ID).

Awards are given for those who raise the most funds for Special Olympics Indiana.

This event also includes prizes for the best costume, incentives for dollars raised and an After Splash Bash.

Participants are encouraged to pre-register online for the Polar Plunge at www.soindiana.org. Walk-up registration will begin at 11:30 a.m. …

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