The morning of Sat., Feb. 4 dawned gloomy and gray, but spirits were high at the Polar Plunge on the banks of Lake Sainte Louise.
The hosts the plunge, which raises funds for the Missouri Special Olympics (SOMO). Plungers were treated to lunch afterwards in a big tent on the C.A. parking lot, where a raffle and silent auction also added to the fundraising effort.
Many of the plungers participate in teams to raise money, dressed in a variety of creative, colorful and hilarious costumes to compete for the coveted "Golden Plunger" award.
The following awards were given for fundraising and costuming:
Top Individual 1st Place: Jeff Chapple, $2530
Top Individual 2nd Place: John Hihn, $2155
Top Individual 3rd Place: Jeff Conderman, $2030
Top Law Enforcement Agency: Team O'Fallon, $6588
Top School: Ft. Zumwalt West Middle School, $5694
Top Group: 4 Terry, $4900
Golden Plunger Individual 1st Place: The Witch Doctor
Golden Plunger Individual 2nd Place: The Bride
Golden Plunger Individual 3rd Place: The Ram Man
Golden Plunger Group: PacMan
Golden Plunger Law Enforcement Agency: WWF, St. Charles Police Dept.
The Special Olympics website defines its mission as providing "year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community."