mascot psBraving a 16-degree wind chill, 240-people jumped into the icy waters of Clark Lake this morning.  Those hardy souls raised $31,343 for the Michigan Law Enforcement Polar Plunge for Special Olympics held at Eagle Point. 

Dressed in costumes that offered little protection from the potential hypothermia-inducing exposure, individuals and teams showed their courage by jumping into the lake, one after another.  Once the plunging concluded and participants warmed up, awards were announced.  Here are those who raised the most money by category and the best costume winner:

Most Money Raised by Group – Consumers Energy
Most Money Raised by an Individual – Christina Tagget
Most Money Raised by a School – Northwest High School
Most Money Raised by a College – Adrian College
Best costume – Slums

Here are those who took the plunge–photos courtesy of Bill Leutz.  For best viewing, click the first photo.  It will enlarge, and then advance to the next by clicking the arrow on the right edge.

Here are the plungers in approximate order of their descent from the Marina dock into the crystal clear, but frigid water.

MDOC Emergency Response Team
MDOC – Jackson /Hillsdale Parole/Probation
MDOC – Team RGC – Charles Egler Reception & Guidance Center
MDOC – Team JCF- G. Robert  Cotton Correctional Facility
MDOC – Team JCS – Jackson Cooper Street Correctional Facility
Paw Pride
Carters Crew (Precious Angel)
Lifeways CMH
Consumers Energy
Western High School
Michigan Center Cardinals
Adrian College Bulldogs (56 Jumpers)
Mountie Nation – Northwest High School (In memory of Bailey)
Reflector News – Jackson High School
Baker College
Baker College – Criminal SU
R.W. Mercer
Columbia Firefighters
106.9 Home Radio
Theta Chi/Zeta Beta
Orthocicles – Allegiance Health Orthopedics
Home Town Plungers – Beach Bar
Jackson Police Department
221 Squad – Area 19
Dan Ono & Jesse Metson

These events don’t happen without a lot of planning and support of volunteers.  Here is the crew at the Marina dock.

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