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Get Cold for a Great Cause — the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics in Bellevue on February 2

It’s time to Get Cold for a G-G-G-Great Cause at the 2019 Greater Cincinnati Polar Plunge presented by Kona Ice, benefitting Special Olympics Programs in Kentucky and Ohio. This year’s Polar Plunge will take place on Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Joe’s Crab Shack location in Bellevue.

Participants (or Polar Bears) 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 Polar Plunge features brave souls – many in crazy costumes – taking a dip into chilly winter waters to help support the Special Olympics mission of providing sports training and competition opportunities for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

The actual Plunge is only part of the event. The day includes a costume contest as well as fun throughout the day for participants and spectators alike.
Anyone who wants to take the Plunge sign up on-line, 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 co-workers 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 in a drawing to win a $1,000 travel voucher from AAA Travel.
Afraid of the cold water? Again this year you can register as a “Virtual Plunger,” and raise money to support Special Olympics athletes just like the Polar Bears do. Virtual Plungers are eligible for all the same fundraising prizes as the Polar Bears.
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, Feb. 1, and will feature live music, activities and happy hour specials. 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 costume contest, prizes will be awarded to the top fundraising university or school group, top fundraising law enforcement group, top fundraising corporate group and the top fundraising team.
Last year more than 550 people took the Plunge, raising more than $150,000 in its seventh year at Joe’s Crab Shack. This will be the 14th year that the Special Olympics programs in Kentucky and Ohio have combined to organize the event. The Plunge has raised more nearly $1.7 million in the last 13 years and in its 19-year history has raised more than $1.8 million for Special Olympics programs.
The Greater Cincinnati Polar Plunge presented by Kona Ice is sponsored by Kona Ice, Joe’s Crab Shack, Fox 19 Now, Q-102, AAA Travel, Comfort Suites Newport, The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, Cintas and Coldiron Event Rentals.
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 www.soky.org or www.sooh.org.
For more information about the Polar Plunge, contact Amy O’Neal at 513-405-3450 or Taylor Ballinger at 502-695-8222 or via e-mail at tballinger@soky.org, or visit greatercincinnatiplunge.com.

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