My daughter, Lucy, and I are taking our 4th Green Bay Polar Plunge as a team to support Special Olympics Wisconsin on February 23, 2013! During the Polar Plunge, brave Wisconsinites collect donations before leaping into icy water to raise funds for Special Olympics athletes. The exhilaration a person feels as they leave the COLD water after completing the Plunge has to be experienced to be believed.
I know, you’re probably getting cold just thinking about it! But, while the cold is temporary, the positive impact you will have on the lives of Special Olympics athletes will last a lifetime. Your donations support competition and training in 18 sports for nearly 10,000 athletes.
Your donation does not have to be a large one - ANY amount you can donate will be very much appreciated. Many small donations can quickly add up to our goal.
For example, if everyone we contacted made a donation as small as $5, our donations would add up quickly. Just because our goal is to raise $1000 that does NOT mean we are expecting large donations from potential donors. We are grateful whatever amount – however small - donors can give.
Please help us reach our $1000 goal. Better yet, help us obliterate that goal on the way to $2000 or more in donations.
Use the link below to submit a credit card donation online.
If you prefer to make a contribution of cash or check, please contact me and I will make arrangements to receive your donation. You may also send a donation directly to theGreen Bayoffice of Special Olympics Wisconsin. Their address is:
Special Olympics Wisconsin – Green Bay
2140 Holmgren Way
Green Bay, WI 54304
In the memo section of the check please put the following: 2013 Plunge-“Plunging Veterans”
P.S. NONE of the money we raise goes to us – every last dollar goes to support the wonderful programs of Special Olympics.
P.P.S. Please forward this message to anyone else you think might want to donate to this very worthy cause.
Link to our donation page: http://sowi.kintera.org/faf/r.asp?t=4&i=1042770&u=1042770-347342387
Your help in raising money for this very worthwhile cause would be very much appreciated. Thank you!!!
Any help at all with this very worthwhile cause would be very much appreciated. Thank you!!!
The Polar Plunge is being held on Saturday February 23rd, 2013.
If you make an online contribution by, for example, midnight of the night before, we will be able to print out our contribution/donation form the next morning - before heading down to Green Bay for the Plunge - and our team will be given credit for your donation.
I wasn't able to do the 2012 Plunge because I was in San Antonio at the time. When we got travel orders in Dec. 2011, we'd already raised $250. I missed being able to do the Plunge, but being with my son was even more important.
This post was modified from its original form on 28 Jan, 10:48
And that was the 2nd thing on my mind I meant to ask you in my post! I won't say my memory could be slipping that fast!! Hahaha! But how is your son, and is he still in Alaska? If so, does he like it well enough that he plans on staying there? Say hello to your hubby! Done any rides lately, or got any planned?
Sherry - Kevin is still in Alaska and will be medically retired in the next several months.
No rides lately. It is FAR TOO COLD - 2 degrees this morning with a wind chill of around 30-below zero. Earlier this week, though, we had a temp of almost 50-degrees.
FSM members in general - My daughter and I would really appreciate any amount you could donate to Special Olympics, in our team's name. Thank you!
Barbara, with a happy heart and warm thoughts, Kristie and I made a little donation in honor of you and Lucy. Kristie wants to know what time you will be taking the leap. She wants to be thinking of you and sending warm thoughts your way on the 23rd! LOL
Times are tough for many across our country, all thanks to irresponsible govt officials and their outrageous spending, greed, and corruption. We all feel the sting from their actions. What isn't fair is for children and special need, those who need help to take care of themselves, to have to feel it as well.
Barbara's donation page is an https web page, meaning it is encrypted with the strongest encrytion available today. For those concerned about privacy, not even Barbara can see your address, credit card number, etc. I'm not sure anyone will actually see it as software simply verifies it when requesting payment from the card company and then storing it away for legal purposes in a database. It is quite safe to place a donation on that site.
As Barbara stated, a donation as little as $5 from 20 people adds up to $100! Imagine how that would multiply if those 20 asked their friends to give just $5 or $10!
Kristie and I know a young girl with Down Syndrome. A very sweet young kid who has been in the Special Olympics as a swimmer. If you could see the joy in her face as she talks about her swimming and being in the Special Olympics, it would make you trade a Big Mac and Coke or that Star Bucks cappacino just to give her that opportunity again.
Please take a moment to help these beautiful people. Help Barbara and Lucy reach their goal by going to the encrypted page and making a small donation ... or what you feel in your heart. Click here, http://sowi.kintera.org/faf/r.asp?t=4&i=1042770&u=1042770-347342387 (the encrypted page will appear once you check you are making a donation)
This post was modified from its original form on 01 Feb, 23:21
Michael - I'm not sure what time we will be jumping/plunging on the 23rd. On the Tuesday prior to the Plunge, there is a meeting where we can turn in our list of donations, as well as any cash donations received. It is at that meeting that we can choose our plunge time. Hopefully I can get a plunge time around noon or shortly thereafter. I will let you know as soon as I have a definite time.
Here is the link to our team page which contains 2 photos of Lucy and I doing the Plunge several years ago. In the top photo I am about to enter the water. In the bottom photo, Lucy is a little forward of the picture’s middle. I think that is my hand sticking up out of the water behind her.
Link to the Weather.com page where you can get the current weather, as well as forecasts for the zip code where the Polar Plunge is being held – on the day and time of our plunge, you can check this link to see in what weather conditions we will be plunging.
Link to the Facebook page of the venue for the Polar Plunge. It is immediately adjacent to an old rock quarry.
2 weeks to go gal! Do you have thermal blankets waiting for you, and heaters to get by to change when you're done? A friend asked me last night on the phone if I would do it. I said if it was for a good cause like yours is, I would.
Sherry - We bring a bag packed with a complete change of dry clothing and a fresh pair of shoes. There are multi-layer, heated tents - one tent each for the guys and the gals - where we can go to change after taking the plunge.
By the way our donation total is up to $180 now - just got a $5 online donation a few minutes ago - slowly, but surely it is climbing.
AWW Come on now! You mean they're not unisex tents?! Hahahahahahahaha!
I'm just kidding. Just thinking about some of the libs and how they are, just had me going. Good you have heated tents to go into, for sure!!!
Barb you have more courage than me! I can't stand when the shower turns cold and that's inside a heated home! I can picture it now, I would jump in and my heart would stop from the shock! LOL I grew up in Hawaii so anything north of Virginia is TUNDRA! LOL Well, considering the storm that blew in ... I might be right!
Sherry - If there were unisex tents, I think we'd be seeing ample evidence of male "retraction", don't you think?
There are kids of 5 or 6 years old doing the Plunge along with their family members and they probably don't need to be seeing naked members of the opposite sex.
BUMP! HELP! We still only have $180 in donations and will be grateful for every penny that people can donate. Thanks, in advance.
Just the thought of it makes my skin crinkle!! I watch the ducks out front here diving in the water when it is -20 and they are having a grand time! NOT ME!!! Hope you can get more Barb..but as I said..lot's of people are on hard times now and it's not getting any better!!
Barb, kids as young as 5 or 6? They are brave ones then, for sure!! I'd think that cold water would get through them much faster than adults. Have any of them done it before? If not, I wonder if this wwill be their first and maybe last time once they experience the bone chilling ice cold! Course there will be those who will continue I'd guess. Good luck to them and all of you! I remember how my brother could dive right in ice cold waters up in WA state in the mountains. He always was a strong swimmer and kept himself in great physical shape back then.
Donation total update: We now have $205. A $25 online donation came in earlier today.
Good Barb! I hope it gets better. Like Carol said, times are getting hard and it's not getting better, and I hope your donations go up though.
Since I posted the $205 total yesterday I've received 2 more online donations and one check arrived in the mail yesterday.
Our grand total is now at $265
Each person who has made an online donation was sent a "Thank You!!!" note via the set-up on the Green Bay Polar Plunge web page. MANY, MANY, MANY thanks to everyone who has been so generous.
My daughter and I greatly appreciate every penny contributed to this very worthwhile cause, on behalf of our team.
That is GREAT Barb!!!