Cold weather pool dip comes with prizes for best costume.
By David Leone
WAKEFIELD — What better way to say goodbye to ol’ man winter than to jump into 39-degree water? That’s the spirit of the season that organizers of the 4th annual polar plunge are hoping to encourage.
Scheduled for March 21 at the Kerr Family YMCA in Wakefield, the plunge raises money for the Special Olympics through pledged donations.
Participants are asked to raise $50 or more, from friends, family and others who want to see you go fully clothed into an icy outdoor pool.
The event is held in conjunction with the Law Enforcement Torch Run, and is organized by N.C. Highway Patrol Lt. Charles Lee. Last year’s plunge raised more than $2,000.
“This is a wonderful way to end our winter season and start the spring,” he said.
Lee has jumped in with the youths and others in the past several years.
Some come dressed in funny outfits, partly for fun, but also because there is a prize for best costume. The top fundraiser also receives a prize. Other door prizes may be available. In past years, gift certificates have been donated by restaurants and other businesses.
All donations go to Special Olympics North Carolina and are tax-deductible. Proceeds support almost 40,000 state athletes. Checks should be made payable to Special Olympics.
Krispy Kreme will be providing donuts for guests before the event. There will also be hot chocolate for guests and visitors, and warm locker rooms available for plungers to change before and after the event.
To help them raise money, plungers may use the following website to create a page for the event at tiny.cc/NCSHPPolarPlunge.
Then they can send the link to their friends and family via e-mail, Twitter, or sharing it on their Facebook page.
Registration for the plunge begins at 9:30 a.m. March 21. The first plunge begins at 11 a.m.
For more information call Lee at 919-219-4924.