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March 1, 2012

Polar Plunge time in PV

Pauls Valley, Oklahoma — It’s nearly time to check and see how chilly the water feels as an event called Polar Plunge is now only days away in Pauls Valley.

With the focus on raising money for Special Olympics Oklahoma, this Plunge on Saturday, March 3 makes it two years in a row that Pauls Valley has been one of the host sites for the statewide series of fundraisers.

Right now it looks like all the plans are in place and just about ready to go for the morning event at the Wacker Park band shell.

“We’re ready,” said local event coordinator Elizabeth Sam.

“We just need plungers and spectators,” she said. “Anyone interested in plunging should come at 10 o’clock on the day of the plunge so they can register.

“Plunging will get started at 11 (a.m.).”

The way the Polar Plunge works is people pledge money to see other individuals or groups jump into a chilly pool of water.

Specifically, a pledge of $75 can be made to see someone take the plunge.

“It's kind of like a dunk tank thing,” Sam said. “People donate to see their peers, see their bosses jump into the water.

“The Polar Plunge is about people pledging money to see other people take the plunge into the water,” she said. “It's also about raising money for the Special Olympics in Oklahoma.”

All the money raised goes to fund all kinds of Special Olympics events in the state, including this year's track meet at Pauls Valley’s football stadium on April 4.

Officials continue to stress the Plunge is a Fun Country event, meaning it’s not just for Pauls Valley or even Garvin County. Instead, it includes a handful of other counties in the region.

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