Polar Plunge Supports the Special Olympics

Polar Bear Plunge

(Left) Lori Ann Purnell trying to warm up after her dip in the Delaware River. (Right) Some of the participants exiting the water.

On January 19, 2013 more than 600 people, including one of our very own Business Development Leaders, Lori Ann Purnell, took the ‘plunge’ into the Delaware River in Easton, PA! It was the 1st Annual Lehigh Valley Polar Bear Plunge, which supported the Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA). In its first year as the “official event of Winter” – the Lehigh Valley Polar Bear Plunge was extremely successful raising a total of more than $76,000!

“I have always wanted to participate in a Polar Plunge and was thrilled at the prospect of doing something a little crazy, AND supporting a fantastic cause!” explains Purnell. “The event was exceptionally run for an inaugural event, yet being a first-time plunger, I didn’t realize you should stay fully clothed until your group is called. I froze waiting for our turn!”

The Delaware River was an estimated 37 degrees. Participants waited for their turn in groups of 75 while friends and family stood by to support their plunger.

“I committed to going in up to my chin, which sounded simple until the water got to my knees,” Purnell says. “I did what I set out to do, and ran like my version of a cheetah to get out. I loved it and I will absolutely polar plunge for charity again!”

For more information on the event, visit the Polar Bear Plunge website. You can also find similar events throughout Pennsylvania by visiting www.plungepa.org.