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February 13, 2014

Public invited to take the ‘plunge’

Pauls Valley, Oklahoma — One employee in the Garvin County Courthouse building is inviting the public to take the plunge into a little get-together meant to help out the state’s Special Olympics.

Megan Gregg works in the district attorney’s office located in the courthouse building located in the heart of Pauls Valley.

She’s putting together a fundraiser for this week to help the upcoming Polar Plunge event in PV.

This fourth version of the big ‘plunge’ is set for Saturday, March 1 at the new water park located at the Reynolds Recreation Center in the local Wacker Park.

The fundraiser should be a tasty one as various food items will be available for a donation from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, which happens to be Valentine’s Day.

Treats ranging from soup to stew to chili to cornbread, with desserts tossed in for good measure, will all be featured at the taste testing event in the county commissioners’ conference room located on the ground floor of the courthouse.

“A lot of courthouse employees are graciously donating food to this,” Gregg said.

She’s quick to again add the event is open to the public with all donations going to the local Polar Plunge.

Plunges like the upcoming one here are held at various cities across the state. All are designed to raise money for the Special Olympics of Oklahoma.

That’s a big reason Gregg has decided to not only help raise money for the event but take the dive herself into the chilly water.

“This is my son’s first year in Special Olympics, so I decided to take the plunge myself,” Gregg said.

“I really hope it’s not this cold,” she said, referring to the frigid temperatures earlier this week.

“I hopes it’s about 75 degrees when we jump into that water.”

As for the Polar Plunge itself, the regional event that includes a number of counties has been in Pauls Valley since the first one in 2011, which raised about $13,000 for the Special Olympics.

That fundraising total has been on the rise every since with about $31,000 in the second year.

Then came last year’s big splash which for the second straight year allowed the PV plunge to raise the second most in the entire state trailing only Oklahoma City.

Pauls Valley’s plunge in 2013 raised around $47,000 for Special Olympics with around 140 people taking the dive into the cold water.

The goal for this year’s event on March 1 is to raise $50,000 and have 150 plungers take part.

“We’ve been the second largest Polar Plunge in this state — that’s awesome,” Gregg added.

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