STANTON — It takes a special kind of crazy to jump into the near-freezing waters Clifford Lake in the middle of February, but over 100 “plungers” were willing to brave the ice depths Saturday to raise money for Special Olympics.
Hundreds of spectators lined the ice to watch the plungers — many attired in colorful or whimsical costumes — leap through the hole in the ice.
Though the sun was shining brightly, temperatures were low enough that even onlookers were feeling the cold. For the plungers, however, things were infinitely more chilly. Many showed up for the plunge in shorts, tank tops, bathing suits and, as was the case with two young plungers, bikinis.
The event is held each year and, according to event organizer Jim Dennis, it is a secondary fundraising arm of the Torch Run, a 750-mile relay that goes from Copper Harbor in the U.P. to Sterling Heights.
The first plunge raised $7,500. Though all figures had yet to be tallied as of press time, organizers say this year’s event brought in well over the $30,000 goal set earlier this year.