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Polar Plunges Return To Battle Old Man Winter in 2016
Five events scheduled throughout the state
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After a VERY challenge 2015, the Polar Plunge — Special Olympics Kentucky's largest fundraising program — returns to once again do battle with Old Man Winter in 2016. This year there are five Polar Plunges scheduled throughout the state starting in Bellevue in Northern Kentucky and closing in Louisville and on Lake Cumberland on March 5. Other Plunges will be held in Lexington and at Kentucky Dam Village on Feb. 20.

The five events ensure that there will be a Polar Plunge close to you where you can be Freezin' for a Reason.

Nicole Gatewood was one of two Polar Bears who achieved Super Plunger status in 2015.

The Polar Plunge works just like a walk-a-thon with participants raising a BEAR minimum of $75 ($50 for Junior Plungers under 18) to participate. However, instead of taking a walk, participants take a dip in a chilly body of water.

The Plunge provides a fun festive atmosphere that includes the popular annual costume contest where Plungers show off their most outrageous looks in hopes of winning the coveted Golden Plunger.

Once again this year, we're offering our most adventurous Polar Bears the opportunity to become a Super Plunger. Raise a minimum of $1,000 total and participate in three of the five Plunges and you'll earn a specialized piece of Polar Plunge swag that's ONLY for our Super Plungers.

For more information about the Plunge nearest you, contact Julie Goodpaster (Kentucky-Ohio, Lexington and Lake Cumberland) at 502-695-8222 or jgoodpaster@soky.org, Jennifer McMahon (Louisville) at 502-326-5002 or jmcmahon@soky.org or Laura Miller (Western Kentucky) at 270-293-9054 or lmiller@soky.org.

Click on the location to find out more about this year's Plunge events:


Lake Cumberland

Western Kentucky

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Despite a series of weather issues in 2015, nearly 2,000 people still managed to take the Plunge in Kentucky, raising more than $555,000 for our athletes.


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