The weather broke the 60 degree mark days before the plunge giving participants hope for a warmer swim, but the chill had returned to 25 degrees just in time.
Participants split into their teams or broke into groups of 20 to run in and take a 15-second dip in the ice cold reservoir to raise money for the Special Olympics.
The event took place on February 28, 2009 at Eagle Creek Reservoir. Plungers were expected to raise a minimum of 75 dollars each to participate.
Team Mojosicles raised $1,557.20 with top fundraiser Devin PintoBob Tice raising $245 on his own.
Fundraising is knowing who to ask. I raised the money in one week. Most of my peeps have spam filters and the stock email the website gave got caught in the filters, explains Tice. I resent a request via my personal account and my people responded. You have to make requests like this personal and touch the reader’s heart strings.
The Mojosicles dressed as Vikings and received second place to a man dressed as Michael Phelps in the costume contest.
This was Caralyn Glass’s first mojo event, and she couldnt have asked for a better way to start.
It was amazing seeing the crowd and then [for lack of a better term] paparazzi as we ‘stormed the beach’ on the way to the water and then trudged back out., said Glass. Despite the artic temps it was heartwarming knowing that we raised money to help other by doing the plunge.
[press release written by InternAndinoodle]