Polar Plunge Raises Money For Special Olympics

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By Chris Guzman
Staff Writer

MONTICELLO-The fourth annual Polar Plunge benefiting Special Olympics took place at the University of Arkansas-Monticello’s weevil pond Saturday, Feb 15.

   Doing something out of the ordinary to raise money for a good cause is something everyone on campus should be excited about. This years’ Polar Plunge seemed to have more than enough willing participants to make sure the event was a successful one.

   “This is the fourth year UAM has done this event and each year we have raised more money than the previous year,” Karen Donham said, professor at UAM. “This year we were able to raise $12,740 and along with raising money, everyone always has a great time supporting a good cause,” Donham said.

   Anyone who signed up for the plunge was able to participate. However, a minimum of $50 per team or plunger had to be paid prior to taking the plunge. Several awards were also given out to which team was able to raise the most money.

   The Polar Plunge always takes about a month or two to put together ensuring that the event is a success. Karen Caldwell, administrative specialist at UAM, says a lot went into this years’ polar plunge and glad it was a success.

   “It takes quite a while to prepare for this event,” Caldwell said. Caldwell who takes care of most of the preparations for this event. “All the sponsors were contacted ahead of time and I’m glad this years’ plunge was able to raise a good amount of money,” Caldwell said.

   The very first Polar plunge in 2010 raised $9,000 indicating every year the event will continue to trend upward.

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