On your mark, get set, plunge

Rotary Club’s Winter Plunge set for Saturday

FR_PlungeOne of the biggest fundraisers in the area will cap FLake Festival this Saturday, as the Forest Lake Rotary Club’s Winter Plunge will heat up chilly waters.

The fourth-annual event is expected to bring over 700 brave participants to Lakeside Memorial Park. It may also bring a number approaching $150,000 to the coffers of local organizations.

In 2012, 732 plungers raised over $144,000. As of this Tuesday, 665 people had signed up and monetary pledges were on par with those from the same point a year ago. Plunge co-chair Rob Collins of the Rotary Club expressed optimism, noting that $60,000 of last year’s pledges came in during the final week. With 150 more participants signed up at this point over 2012, the total amount raised may well swell to a record level.

Potential plungers with cold feet can register right up through the morning of the event, Collins said. Registration runs from 6-8 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday at Vannelli’s by the Lake. The plunging will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Those as young as 10 can plunge if a parent is present, but all plungers must raise a minimum of $75.

Registration questions can be directed to Collins at 651-815-9281, co-chair Blake Roberts at 651-755-6400 or flrotary@gmail.com.

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