A Polar Plunge is being held this weekend in Columbus.
Organizer Beth Schweigel says this is the first event of this kind to be held in the city. The Polar Plunge takes place Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Commons. Registration takes place from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Schweigel says that the Polar Plunge is one of the largest fundraisers for Special Olympics Indiana. The event raises funds and awareness for adults and children with intellectual disabilities. Columbus is one of 14 sites throughout the state putting on a Polar Plunge during the months of January and February, with the largest event taking place at Eagle Creek Reservoir in Indianapolis. Schweigel says that last year, the Polar Plunge events raised more than $580,000 for Special Olympics Indiana.
“This event is one of a kind, as it gives everyone in the community an opportunity to do something fun, for our more than 11,000 Special Olympics athletes,” said Special Olympics Indiana President and CEO Michael Furnish. “Our state’s Polar Plunge has been around for 16 years, and each year it gets better and better. Even if you’re not planning to take the plunge, we encourage you to come out to the Plunge site nearest you and support this state-wide event and cheer on some very brave Plungers!”
In order to take part in the plunge, participants must raise at least $75, or $50 for students with an ID. Awards are given for those who raise the most funds for Special Olympics Indiana. This event also includes a prize for the best costume, which will be judged in part, by Mayor Kristen Brown. A social event will take place afterwards inside the Commons.
Participants are encouraged to pre-register online for the Polar Plunge at www.soindiana.org. You are invited to come downtown and watch the event. You are free to take part in the post-plunge festivities inside the Commons, but you will be charges $5 per person.
Schweigel says this Polar Plunge event is being organized with the help of the Columbus Police Department and the Columbus Fire Department, along with their Underwater Rescue/Dive Team, and the Columbus Regional Health Hospital Ambulance.
For more information about the Polar Plunge event in Columbus and others throughout the state, visit www.soindiana.org or call (800) 742-0612.