by Tom Ranson
What do fairies, vikings and 80’s porn stars all have in common? They all participated in the 16th Annual Polar Plunge in support of Special Olympics of course.
On a mercifully sunny 46 degree Saturday more than 800 participants of all ages, sizes and costumes took a plunge into the icy 40 degree water at Joe’s Crab Shack in Bellevue, Kentucky. Event organizer Julie Goodpaster of Special Olympics Kentucky said over $150,000 had already been raised by 1:00pm with final numbers expected next week. This is Goodpaster’s third year serving as event organizer and this time the Special Olympics groups from both Ohio and Kentucky worked together to stage this worthwhile endeavor.
Bellevue Mayor Ed Riehl took the ceremonial opening dip to kick start the festivities which were co-emceed by Q102’s JonJon and Denise Johnson of Fox 19 News. Boone County Water Rescue provided on-site support and safe-keeping with members Dave Flick and Tony Wilson holding vigil in the pool while numerous area law enforcement agencies and groups from areas businesses, schools and charities took part in the bone chilling activities.
If you would like to make a donation please contact Special Olympics Kentucky at www.specialolympics.org/donate
See if you know any of the plungers here!