Freezin' for a Reason

They’ll be Freezin’ For A Reason on Feb. 29 at Prides Creek Park in Petersburg, but for now, Gibson County Special Olympian Wes McKannan and friends are happy to stay dry in the Princeton Fire Territory dive/rescue team boat. The sixth annual Special Olympics Polar Plunge has 200 “plungers” registered for the event, and organizers would like to see the number of participants increase to 250. The fundraising goal is $60,000, which pays for the cost for Special Olympians to compete in Indiana Special Olympics Events. McKannan, of Patoka, is participating in the Polar Plunge for his eighth year (first two in Boonville) and this year, plungers are honoring the memory of Special Olympian Jarrod Bock. Princeton Police Chief Derek McGraw is taking the plunge, and Princeton Fire Territory Chief Mike Pflug and the PFT dive team will be in the water, too. Register online at to participate or, if you don’t want to take the plunge but want to donate, be a “virtual plunger” and register. The Feb. 29 event begins with registration from 9-10:30 a.m. Central Time, and the plunge is at 11 a.m. Central Time. There’s an “After Splash Bash” at the Gospel Center Activities Building. Pictured, left to right, standing are Pflug, McGraw, Special Olympics mascot Paw R Bear and Gibson County Special Olympics Coordinator Garie Belcher. McKannan is seated.

Plungers will be Freezin’ for a Reason

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