Tumbleweed on River Road will once again host the annual Special Olympics Polar Plunge, one of the organizationâ€™s biggest fundraisers of the year.
The Plunge works just like a walk-a-thon, but with one big twist: Participants solicit donations but instead of walking, they take a chilly dip into the Ohio River at Tumbleweed on the Waterfront. Anyone can participate by donating a â€œbearâ€Â minimum of $75 (itâ€™s only $50 for junior plungers).
Last yearâ€™s Polar Plunge was pushed out of the Ohio River for the first time since 2003 as high water forced the event to be held with participants jumping into a pair of pools set up in the amphitheater at Waterfront Park. The change didnâ€™t deter plungers, however, as more than 1,275 turned out, raising $357,000 for Special Olympics.
This yearâ€™s event is sponsored by Tumbleweed, Zappoâ€™s, WAVE 3, 84WHAS, 93.1 The Fox, Louisvilleâ€™s GenX Radio 100.5, Radio Now 98.9, the Kentucky Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, CBS Outdoor, Watsonâ€™s Pools, Louisville Metro Government and AAA Travel.
Tumbleweed Operating Partners Matt and Mike Higgins and their staff look forward to the festivities, despite the weekendâ€™s icy outlook, at least for those who will be going for a swim.
â€œWe support Special Olympics because it has given us such a wonderful tie to all of our local communities in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky,â€ Matt Higgins said. â€œIt started as a perfect opportunity for an event at the waterfront and now has blossomed into a heartwarming partnership that truly affects every person in our organization.
The brothers invite their entire staff to participate, said Matt Higgins. â€œItâ€™s truly a team effort. Itâ€™s for such a great cause, and we are so proud to be a part of it.â€
For more information about the Polar Plunge, contact Candace Thompson at 502.326.5002. e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or go to soky.kintera.org/2012louisvilleplunge.
Saturday, February 25
Tumbleweed on the River
- 9:30 am. to 1 p.m. â€“ Registration (including day of walk-up registration)
- 10:30 a.m. â€“ Opening Ceremonies
- 11:00 am â€“ Plunging begins
- Noon â€“ Awards Break
- Noon – ?? â€“ Post Plunge Bash at Tumbleweed