LINCOLNTON, N.C.––They were freezin’ for a reason.
And it was a mighty good one at that. It was the annual “Polar Plunge,” whereby brave local souls dive into a frigid pool at Lincoln County Parks and Recreation’s Betty Ross Park to raise money for Lincoln County Special Olympics. According to event spokeswoman Celeste Frazier, the plunge, held every January, is a worthy cause indeed.
And Frazier revealed Wednesday that those taking the plunge have raised nearly $5,000 to make this year’s local Special Olympics possible.
“The total of the plunge, without Internet donations, is at $4,800!” she enthused. “We had great participation from the Lincoln County Schools, especially from Battleground and Love Memorial elementaries and from Lincoln Charter School. There was also great participation from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department, the Police Explorers Club; the Shelby office of Bayada Rehabilitation; Lincoln County Parks and Recreation Director John Davis; and Lincolnton City Recreation Director Nathan Eurey.”
Frazier continued that the State Employees Credit Union’s Lincolnton and Denver branches were represented by staffers Brittney Kinder and Ashley Link. Also on hand were members of the Denver Volunteer Fire Department Swift-Water Rescue Team and the Knights of Columbus.
On behalf of all the event’s organizers, Frazier expressed her gratitude.
“Many sincere thanks,” she said, “to everyone that shared this day with us!”