Saturday, February 27, 2016 people from all over the Lake area will gather together for this "unbearable" annual event. Donations collected by plunging teams benefit the Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO), which hosts a year-round program of sports training and competition for kids and adults with intellectual disabilities.
Each plunger must raise a minimum of $75 in donations to participate, and prizes are given to top fundraisers. Last year's winner collected $25,240 alone, and the top team collected $40,400. The final total raised from the entire event reached a whopping $186,461! There are different participant levels, depending on how much money you bring in, and a variety of prizes awarded.
- $300 - Goosebumps Level
- $500 - Chilly Level
- $1000 - Frosty Level
- $2000 - Arctic Level
- Top Fundraiser
- Top Team
- Largest Heat (Last year one team had 51 plungers!)
- Top Law Enforcement Agency
If you are ready to brave the icy waters of the Lake of the Ozarks in February, visit the 2016 Polar Plunge Lake of the Ozarks website for all of the details and signup information. 2016 may be one of the best year's to take this on due to the unseasonably warm season that has been happening. Last year's participants experienced one extremely frigid plunge.
If this sounds like something out of your comfort level but you would still like to help, there are other options for you. You may offer a donation through the website or sign up for the Polar Bear Strut hosted by the Osage Beach Police Department. A minimum of $50 must be raised to enter this chilly fun run.
|photos courtesy of Funlake.com|
Just because it's winter, that doesn't mean that you have to stay out of the water. BomBay Boat Rental Company will keep our fingers crossed for a mild February for all of you plungers. Good luck!