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 sunny, 26 degree afternoon on Big St.Germain Lake.
Over the past thirteen this event has raised just over $304,029.00 for Angel On My Shoulder. Mike Wolf said “An amazing team of plungers and spectators raised a grand total of $25,023.00 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.”
The WRJO Radio station team raised $8085.00 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, who "almost" took the plunge this year. We love you Lolly!
Russ “Moses” Huizinga with a total of $3,220.00 has now has raised over $19,000.00 for Angel over the 13 years. A sampling of those waiting in line identified plungers from Illinois, Minnesota, Arizona, North Carolina, and Texas with the majority from Wisconsin.
All plungers, received a long sleeve T-shirt, for a minimum of $35 in pledges along with a commemorative wrist bracelet.
Featured on the back of the shirt are the sponsors of the Angel On My Shoulder Polar Bear Plunge: WRJO, Fibbers, Lakeland Rental, 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, Business Connection and Pier of D’Nort Corporation,
The Northwoods River News, WJFW TV12 and Under Ground Sounds.
Lakeland Rental provides the outdoor tents. 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 Amy Linnett and Eric Schoeneck for 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.
Thanks to the town of St. Germain and Vilas County Sherriff for all your support.
We hope to see you Saturday January 4th, 2014 for the 14th Annual Northwoods Original Polar Bear Plunge to benefit Angel On My Shoulder.
Thanks to our friends at the Northwoods River News, if you would like to see plunge pictures just click below.