The Polar bear Plunge comes around the first weekend of February every year. The optimal time to be freezin’ for a reason! Special Olympics Development Director for SE Missouri Penny Williams says the weather has fluctuated over the years and the event continues to grow – so she has high hopes this cold weather won’t keep anyone away! Lieutenant John “Buddy” Davis of the Cape Police Department says this is not only the charity of choice for law enforcement but the event they challenge others to get involved with! He tells KZIM KSIM he is hoping for colder weather for the plunge on February 1st! "The first year we had 20 degree weather and the water was 34 degrees. Since it was warmer than the air it wasn't a shock. The second year the air was 45 degrees and the water was 34 degrees... that scared me, I couldn't catch my breath." All you have to do is raise seventy-five dollars and come up with a hilarious or unique costume idea! The top three teams and individuals will win PLUNGER awards for creativity. The top money raisers will also be recognized at the after party at Isle Cape Casino following the plunge. There is a warming tent and concessions available at Lake Boutin with plunging starting at 2pm. Come early to get a good parking spot. Registration begins at noon. Set up your fundraising site at somo.org/plunge. 11-hundred athletes benefit from this as the biggest fundraiser of the year for Special Olympics Williams says they have a goal of 60-thousand-dollars.
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