It might be a little late, but chances are the water will still be plenty cold enough to welcome what is generally the biggest turn out in the state of Michigan for the annual Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics! We've endured plenty when it comes to a "virtual" event of any kind and if you look back over the last couple of years, the Muskegon Polar Plunge for the Special Olympics was the last event that was help in 2020 to benefit the organization before the plug got pulled state wide. It's just happened to be another record setting year for Muskegon....why? Because it's how we roll!
Going back over the years, the Polar Plunge in Muskegon began with about 50 people taking the frigid drop when Todd Dunham first began putting the event together. That number ballooned to over 500 actually going in the drink in 2020 with hundreds on hand to cheer their friends on, enjoy the atmosphere and support such an amazing cause in the Special Olympics. Over $100,000 bucks went to help the dreams of Special Olympians and their families and it's incredibly reflective of our community and the generosity we share. The 2021 "virtual" event sustained the goings on, but we all know the power of a great get together so as the shadow of the pandemic begins to lift a little, let's get back to doing what we do best!
The Pre Plunge Party which usually happens Friday night, it's scaled back a little. There will be a preregistration Friday night at Fricano's on Muskegon Lake, but with the questions surrounding everything as planning was happening, a one day event was thought to be best for this year. Saturday March 19th....it's going to be business as usual to the best of everyone's ability! Music, raffles, Fricano's delicious pizza, soft drinks, cash bar, outrageous costumes, teamwork and an abundance of love outpouring for the Special Olympics Athletes. Polar Plunge T-Shirts? Of Course! Too Chicken to Plunge Shirts? YA! All different kinds of ways to raise a few bucks and celebrate Spring! To get in on it visit https://www.plungemi.org/.
Todd Dunham joined today to talk a little about the history of the event as well as the notion going around that the Polar Plunge was cancelled in Muskegon, NOPE! Just delayed a couple months so it could be as impactful as it could be. Take a listen.
Hey, it might be March this year but making it happen is what's the most important and Special Olympics along with the Polar Plunge in Muskegon is something that's been proven to be near and dear to our hearts for a LONG time. We are so very fortunate to live in a community that embraces such a cause, with such a purpose! Make sure that you are part of it! Take the Plunge, "Chicken Out" or do whatever you can to be a part of the events March 19th at Fricano's on Muskegon Lake!