The fastest growing Polar Plunge in Kentucky will celebrate its 5th Anniversary when it hits the water at Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park on Saturday, Feb. 15. In just four short years, the Western Kentucky Polar Plunge has grown to more than 500 participants and raising more than $100,000 a year.
The Polar Plunge is always one of the year's most unique fundraising events. Brrrrrrrrrrave Polar Bears raise a minimum of $75 ($50 for junior Plungers 6- to 18-years-old) and then take a chilly dip in the lake off the Kentucky Dam Village dock. Polar Bears who raise more money can win great Polar Plunge prizes, and one Polar Bear will win a travel certificate courtesy of AAA Travel.
As always, the Plunge will open with a wild costume contest as part of the opening ceremonies and the winners will receive the coveted "Golden Plunger". There will also be prizes for the largest corporate, school and law enforcement teams, as well as the largest group from Murray State. There will be an award for the highest fundraising team. The top individual male and female fundraiser will be crowned the King and Queen of the Plunge and the top young fundraisers will join them as the Prince and Princess. The top fundraising Special Olympics athlete will also be awarded.
For the second year in a row, the Western Kentucky Polar Plunge festivities will also feature the Polar 5k, a beautiful run through Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park. Participants in both events receive a discounted rate.
Help us celebrate the Western Kentucky Plunge's 5th anniversary by making this the biggest, best event yet. Sign up to plunge or donate to a friend and help change the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities.
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The 2014 Western Kentucky Polar Plunge and Polar 5k are sponsored by Kentucky Dam Village and Kentucky Unbridled Spirit; media partners WKYQ and the West Kentucky Star; co-sponsors Lake Chem Federal Credit Union and Subway; and supporting sponsors Pella, Benton Electric, CFSB, AAA Travel, the Law Enforcement Torch Run, Polaris of Benton, Regions Bank, SMiling Faces, Primary Care Medical Center, Taylor Bus Sales, Murray-Calloway Transit, Miller Funeral Home, Choices Unlimited and Corvette Lanes.
The Western Kentucky Plunge is one of six Polar Plunges that will be held in Kentucky this year, with other events in Bellevue, Lake Cumberland, Lexington, Louisville and Owensboro.
For information about how you can be involved in the 2014 Western Kentucky Polar Plunge as a participant, team captain or sponsor, contact Candace Thompson, Senior Special Events Director, at 502-695-8222 or email@example.com.
When the Western Kentucky Polar Plunge debuted four years ago by raising $40,000, the result also raised a few eyebrows. When it grew the next year, so did the excitement. When the event raised $95,000 a year ago, the question was "can it continue to grow?" The answer is...yes.
In just its fourth year in existence the Western Kentucky Polar Plunge continues to be one of the fastest-growing fundraisers in Special Olympics Kentucky history and this year it has topped the $100,000 mark for the first time.
In addition to the growth of the Plunge itself, this year a 5k run/walk was added to the Plunge Weekend festivities. The inaugural 5k drew 217 runners who took off at about 9 am on Plunge day. The overall winner was Robert Blankenship who finished in a time of 19:54.70. The women's champion was Kelly Norton.
Even with the addition of the 5k, it was still the Plunge that was the day's main draw. Once again more than 500 took the Plunge in nearly a dead heat with last year's record participant numbers. The event continues to enjoy amazing support from a number of the communities that surround Kentucky Dam Village. It also has the most Special Olympics athlete support of any of the program's six Polar Plunges.
This year's Plunge awards presentation was a rarity among Kentucky Plunges. All four Plunge royalty spots went to new award winners this year. The Plunge King as the top male fundraiser was Tab Brockman of the Murray Rotary Club, who raised $3,975. His Queen was Shannon Hackney who raised $1,532. Clayton Bazzel of the Murray Independent Ice Breakers was named Plunge Prince (top boy fundraiser ages 6 to 12) with $1,608.37 raised. The Plunge
Princess was Chaney Roberts of the Pretty Plungers team who raised $250.
This year Special Olympics Kentucky added an award for the Top Fundraising Special Olympics athlete. Nine-year-old Taygan Lane from Marshall County took the inaugural award, raising $1,255.
The Top Too Chicken Fundraiser (for someone raising money for the Plunge, but who does not jump) was the only individual award that was won by a previous award winner. Amanda Ashlock of the Murray Independent Ice Breakers won that title this year with $2,484.82 raised. Ashlock was the Plunge Queen in 2012.
While all of the individual awards went to new faces, all the team awards went right back to the teams who won them a year ago. The Murray Independent Ice Breakers took home the Top Fundraising Team award with $11,222.08 raised. The Polar Cups for the largest teams went to Murray/Calloway County Hospital (18 members, $2,981 raised) in the Corporate Division; the Frigid Felons (11 members, $1,452 raised) won the Law Enforcement Division and the Crittenden County Chilly Willies (31 members, $4,192.50) won the School Division.
The Murray Independent Ice Breakers took home the coveted Golden Plunger for Best Group Costume. They were dressed as Carnival Cruise survivors. The Best Individual Costume Golden Plunger was awarded to a Polar Bear dressed as Abby from the TV show NCIS.
Our thanks to everyone who has contributed so much to the Western Kentucky Polar Plunge's overwhelming success, especially event coordinators Laura Miller and Chuck Williams of Murray/Calloway County and Rick and Devona Rosa of Marshall County. Their efforts on the event are amazing. We also would like to thank our Plunge sponsors -- host Kentucky Dam Village; media partners WKYQ and the West Kentucky Star; co-sponsors Lake Chem Federal Credit Union and Subway; and supporting sponsors Pella, Benton Electric, CFSB, AA Travel and the Law Enforcement Torch Run.
The Western Kentucky Plunge was one of six Polar Plunges held in Kentucky this year, with other events in Bellevue, Lake Cumberland, Lexington, Louisville and Owensboro. In all more than 2,800 people took the Plunge this year for Special Olympics Kentucky, raising more than $688,000.
2013 Western Kentucky Plunge Award Winners
King of the Plunge — Tab Brockman, Murray Rotary Club; $3,975 raised
Queen of the Plunge — Shannon Hackman; $1,532 raised
Prince of the Plunge — Clayton Bazzel, Murray Independent Ice Breakers; $1,608.37 raised
Princess of the Plunge — Chaney Roberts, Pretty Plungers; $250 raised
Top Too Chicken Fundraiser — Amanda Ashlock, Murray Independent Ice Breakers; $2,482.82 raised
Top Fundraising Special Olympics Athlete — Taygan Lane, Team Taygan; $1,255 raised
Polar Cup Corporate/Civic Division — Murray/Calloway County Hospital; 18 members, $2,981 raised
Polar Cup School Division — Crittenden County Chilly Willies; 31 members, $4,192.50 raised
Polar Cup Law Enforcement Division — Frigid Felons; 11 members, $1,452 raised
Top Fundraising Team — Murray Independent Ice Breakers; $11,222.08 raised
Best Individual Costume — Abby from NCIS costume
Best Group Costume — Murray Independent Ice Breakers - Cruise Survivors