In 2008, the Polar Plunge celebrated its ninth year in Indiana. Dozens of local residents turned out this year for the first annual Fort Wayne event at Mirror Lake facing the cold with a wintry dip for a warm-hearted cause. Even Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry came out for the first year of this event and is already waiting for the 2009 Polar Plunge!

On Saturday, February 16, plungers took part in the wacky winter fundraising event called the Polar Plunge presented by Edy’s Grand Ice Cream to benefit Special Olympics Indiana. Even with the cold conditions outside, 30 participants plunged to raise more than $6,500 for Special Olympics Indiana programs in the Fort Wayne area and across the state. These funds are vital to these programs.

The event is one of eight Polar Plunge events in Indiana in 2008. Last year, Polar Plunge events raised approximately $150,000 for Special Olympics Indiana statewide.

“People all over Indiana are fans of Special Olympics,” said Michael Furnish, President / CEO of Special Olympics Indiana. “They know about our program and believe in our cause. An event like the Polar Plunge presents people with an opportunity to make this support official by getting involved in a fun activity that really makes a difference in the lives of our deserving athletes.”

Special thanks to Edy’s Grand Ice Cream, the statewide presenting sponsor of the 2008 Polar Plunge presented by Edy’s Grand Ice Cream to benefit Special Olympics Indiana. Additional thanks to MediaSauce and the Indiana Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics for their event sponsorship.

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