Last year I did a Polar Plunge to raise money for the Special Olympics – Read about it at Taking The Polar Plunge.
I’m doing it again this year and have much loftier goals this year. Last year I raised $725.00 and this year I want to raise $1000.00 and inspire others to do the same. At the time of this writing, I’ve raised $500 personally and have inspired 2 others to do the dive with me.
First, why in the world would I do this in the first place?
You may or may not know that I have a daughter with special needs. Her name is Maura. She’s 6 years old and while we don’t have a name for what she has the symptoms are that she has global delays and a seizure disorder. Despite this, she is one of the most passionate people that I know and approaches everything with wonder and excitement. She loves sports, playing with other kids and all kinds of activities. She’s amazing and an inspiration to me all the time.
She is not currently in Special Olympics but she will be soon so I’m supporting them now. I know that she will approach it like she does everything else with wonder and excitement.
Now, how can you help?
There are two easy ways to help with this year’s fundraising efforts, donate and/or plunge. The plunge that I’m doing is on Feb. 13th in Belleville, MI but you can plunge in any of their 19 locations and dates:
Lansing – Eagle Eye Golf Course
February 6, 2010
Stanton– Clifford Lake Inn
Muskegon – Fricano’s Muskegon Lake
February 13, 2010
Traverse City – Grand Traverse Resort & Spa
Cheboygan – Hoppies Bar & Grill
Belleville – Moose Lodge
Fenton – Fenton Moose Lodge
February 20, 2010
Jackson – Eagles Nest Restaurant
Mount Pleasant– CMU
Gaylord – Otsego Lake State Park
Ann Arbor – U of M
Grand Rapids – East Grand Rapids Middle School
February 27, 2010
Detroit – Roostertail
Saginaw/Bay City – Saginaw
Mecosta/Osceola – Chippewa Lake
Alpena – Burton’s Last Resort
February 28, 2010
Pinckney – Zukey Lake Tavern
March 20, 2010
Kalamazoo – Lawson Ice Arena
Marquette – Marquette Mountain
If you would rather just donate to my plunge, you can do so at Josh Holmes’ Polar Plunge Fundraising Page.
Either way, I thank you for your support!
If you are not able to support the Special Olympics of Michigan right now, please consider doing so in the future. You can see a lot great ways to get involved at http://somi.org/page.php?contentID=1233.