Polar Bears do it. Seals do it. Penguins do it. But why would 27 people from the El Dorado Springs area do it? Jump into the freezing waters of Lake Galilee, that is?
Saturday, Jan 5, was overcast and cold but luckily not breezy or we would have had 27 ice statues. And the water was very cold. The one-inch ice crust had to be broken in front of the dock at the north end of the lake before the event for fear of bouncing bodies instead of plunging participants. Sgt. Pete played music to get everyone in the mood. Spectators munched on cookies washed down by either hot chocolate or coffee and those who participated reported that it “wasn’t so bad.”
The “Freezin’ for a Reason” aka “Polar Bear Plunge” was hosted by the El Dorado Springs DECA Chapter, to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. The event was part of Michaela Collins and Dylan Timmermann’s Community Service Project.
Timmermann mentioned before the plunging began that this area had been greatly affected by childhood cancer and he appreciated the participation for this first event of its kind for the local St. Jude’s supporters. The DECA members who organized the plunge felt like it was very successful and hope to continue it for years to come.
Over $1,800 was raised on Saturday.
The hale and hearty participants (who should be warm by now) included: Nina Roush, Linda Whitworth, Darlene Hallford, Payton Hallford, Jeremy Jones, Travis Farran, Melanie Farran, Mallory Lanser, Whitney Stapp, Landon Mays, Shannon Mays, Gabby Kinnett, Abby Floyd, Bentley Allison, Amy Hedrick, Shawn Boultinghouse, Steve Corona, Austin Taylor, Kevin McCullough, Dylan Timmerman, Donnie Timmerman, Michaela Collins and Jeff Witt.