Frosty fundraiser for Special Olympics

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2016 Polar Plunge a splash
Mel Buskirk
Copy Editor
From superheroes to Star Wars, scantily clad men to an individual donning a Donald Trump getup, participants paraded to from the Voyager Bowling Alley and Restaurant to the shore of the St. Clair Boat Harbor to jump into the water for the 2016 Polar Plunge.
The Polar Plunge is an annual fundraising event for the Special Olympics of Michigan. Sponsored by the local non-profit group Water Warriors, an estimate of almost $19 thousand was raised for the Special Olympics by this event alone, according to Tom Chauvin, spokesperson for the Water Warriors. Since 1991, the Water Warriors have raised almost $2.5 million for the Special Olympics.
60 participants jumped into the icy waters for the cause. Danny Woody, 64 of Casco Township, wearing a felt purple pimp suit claimed that he hadn’t participated in a Polar Plunge before, “At least not on purpose,” he laughed.
Woody was not the only first timer to the Polar Plunge. Annatte Bilek, 36 of Troy, was a new plunger and one half of “The Mighty X-Women,” accompanied by veteran of one year April Ryniewicz, 39 of Harrison Township. Both beautiful ladies dressed as characters from Marvel’s X-Men comic book series, with Bilek as Rogue and Ryniewicz as Phoenix. Last year Ryniewicz appeared as Wonder Woman.
Though spring is fast approaching, there still is a chance to participate in a Polar Plunge this year. The Special Olympics of Michigan hosted 28 Polar Plunge events for 2016, with three events still remaining on March 3 on the Capitol Steps in Lansing, March 19 on Marquette Mountain in Marquette, and March 20 at The Elks in Sault Ste. Marie.
The Water Warriors are also holding more events to raise money for the Special Olympics of Michigan. The Water Warriors are holding a bowling event at the Colony Bowl in Algonac on Sunday, March 13.
For more information on fundraising events for the Special Olympics of Michigan, check out somi.org.
For more information on the local non-profit Water Warriors and to see other upcoming events, go to www.waterwarriors.us or call Tom Chauvin at 586-850-3187.

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