An entire community comes together to raise funds for locally based Angel On My Shoulder, a cancer support organization committed to improving the quality of life of those living with or affected by cancer.
The plunge took place at noon with sun, light snow, and a temperature of 20 degrees on Big St.Germain Lake. 89 Plungers were on hand to thrill a large crowd of spectators. 50 plungers were first timers to the event. The youngest plunger was 10 years old and the oldest was 70.
Over the past fourteen years this event has raised just over $333,421.00 for Angel On My Shoulder. Mike Wolf said "An amazing team of plungers and spectators raised a grand total of $28,827.00 dollars, with donations still coming in. In this economy it's so heart warming to see that the people of this area are still willing to whole-heartedly support such a worthwhile cause."
Russ "Moses" Huizinga with a total of $3,600.00 has now has raised over $22,600.00 for Angel over the 14 years. A sampling of those waiting in line identified plungers from Illinois, Minnesota, Arizona, North Carolina, and Texas with the majority from Wisconsin.
The Best Costume category was won by The Seven Dwarfs. Liz Barber, Matt Reuss, Jocelyn Smith, Maggie Taylor, Haley Taylor, Megan & Patti Farrell.
The WRJO 94.5 Radio station team of Mike Wolf and Amy Linnett, raised $12.225.00 in pledges during the 30 hour Radio Pledge-A-Thon held prior to the plunge date. During that time they interviewed Lolly Rose, founder of Angel on My Shoulder, several Board members, and program participants who have seen first hand the benefit of the many programs provided through this organization.
All plungers received a long sleeve T-shirt, for a minimum of $35 in pledges along with a commemorative wrist bracelet.
Featured sponsors of this event are WRJOldies 94.5 fm, Fibbers, Lakeland Times, Radio Shack of Eagle River, St. Germain Lodge & Resort, Shoeder's RV & Marine, The Pool People, Timber Bay Sport & Dive of Woodruff, Northshore Dirtworks, The Business Connection and Pier of D'Nort Corporation, The Northwoods River News, WJFW TV12, Lakeland Motors Ford, CW Tent and Event Rentals, and Under Ground Sounds.
The hot tubs are donated by the Pool People. The Tubs are filled several days early by the Plum Lake Fire Department so that the water can be hot by the big day.
Wet-suited diver Bill Nichols of Timber Bay Sport & Dive provides assistance to the plungers in the water and George Schroeder of Northshore Dirtworks, and his cutting crew arrives at 7:30 a.m. on the morning of the plunge to saw the opening of the plunge area.
The access ramp and elevated platform from which the plungers jumped was provided by Pier of d'Nort Corporation, which is a located on Highway 70 east of St. Germain. The elevated platform was great so that everyone could see each person doing the plunge.
Recipients of the "Guardian Angel" plaques this year were Bill and Kathy Ell many dedicated years of involvement with the plunge.
To all that participated, thank you from the entire Angel Family. Please know that you are now part of our Angel Army. God Bless.
We hope to see you Saturday January 3rd, 2015 for the 14th Annual Northwoods Original Polar Bear Plunge to benefit Angel On My Shoulder.
If you took the plunge or missed it, you can relive the day with the Youtube video provided by The Northwoods River News and The Lakeland Times by clicking Pally the Polar Bear below. Also you can view still pictures provided by The Northwoods River News by clicking "Here".