MONROE — Organizers of Monroe County’s Special Olympics are looking for hardy souls willing to jump in an ice-cold pond to raise money for the program.
Stacie Ourlian, director of the program, said the annual Polar Plunge is Jan. 19 at a 5-foot pond behind Jack’s Lawn Service, 15550 Garden Stone Dr., Monroe.
Last year’s event drew 180 “plungers” who dressed in costumes and more than 200 spectators. It raised $22,000.
Registration is $75. Certified divers will be in the pond while one or two people jump at a time.
Monroe County’s Special Olympics offers 21 sports to more than 500 athletes. Competition begins at 8 years old and participants can stay in the free program for their entire lives.
Plungers can register online at www.firstgiving.com/polarplunge/monroe2014.
Registration and a parade of costumes begin at 1 p.m. and the plunge follows at 2 p.m.