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Polar Plunge Returns to NKY for 17th Year

The coolest event in the Tri-State returns on Saturday, February 6, when the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics returns for its 17th year in northern Kentucky at Joe’s Crab Shack in Bellevue.

Participants raise a minimum of $75 ($50 minimum for students 18 and under) and take the leap into a pool set up in the Joe’s Crab Shack parking lot.

The actual Plunge is only part of the event. The day includes a costume contest as well as the Post-Plunge party and awards ceremony at Joe’s.

Anyone who wants to take the Plunge can pick up registration forms at Joe’s Crab Shack or the Comfort Suites Newport. Participants can also register online here, create their own Web page and raise money through the official Polar Plunge Web site. Participants can register as individuals or gather a team of friends, family or coworkers and register as a group.

All participants receive the official Polar Plunge T-shirt, but can earn additional prizes for raising more money. The top three overall fundraisers will have their names entered into a drawing to win a $1,000 travel certificate from AAA Travel.

Afraid of the cold water? Once again this year you can register as “Too Chicken to Plunge”, and raise money to support Special Olympics athletes just like the Polar Bears do. You receive a special "Too Chicken to Plunge" t-shirt instead of the Official Plunge shirt, but you are eligible for all additional fundraising prizes based on the total you collect.

This year this is also a great way to get your company or organization involved through the "Toss Your Boss" program. Your boss can get “tossed” into the pool near the beginning of the Plunge if your organization raises $250 (and you have their cooperation). Toss Your Boss provides fantastic exposure for companies that take part and can be a tremendous team-building experience.

There will be an early check-in for participants who want to avoid the lines on Plunge day. Early check-in will be held at Joe’s Crab Shack in Bellevue from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, February 5. Participants can turn in all money raised and gather fundraising awards prior to the event day.

Day-of-event registration for the Polar Plunge begins at 9 a.m. at Joe’s. Opening ceremonies, including the costume parade and costume contest, kick off at 11 a.m. and Plunging begins at approximately 11:30 a.m.

In addition to the fundraising awards, prizes will be awarded to the largest university or school group, largest law enforcement group, largest corporate group, the top fundraising team and the Polar Bear with the best costume.

Last year, the event saw more than 750 people take the Plunge, raising more than $154,000 in its fifth year at Joe’s Crab Shack. This will be the 11th year that the Special Olympics programs in Kentucky and Ohio have combined to organize the event. The Plunge has raised more than $1,100,000 in the last 10 years and in its 16-year history has raised more than $1.4 million for Special Olympics programs.

The Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics is sponsored by Joe’s Crab Shack, Fox 19 Now, Q-102, Kona Ice, AAA Travel, Messer Construction, Comfort Suites Newport, The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, Coldiron Event Rentals and Aramark.

Special Olympics is the world’s largest program of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Participation is open to all individuals eight years of age or older. Training and competition in local, area, state, and national programs is offered year-round in 25 sports. For more information about Special Olympics Programs, visit or

For more information, about the Polar Plunge, contact Amy O’Neal at 513-405-3450 or Julie Goodpaster at 502-695-8222 or via e-mail at [email protected]

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