Marquette, Mich.– Todd Pazz took the 8th Day to the U.P. Builder’s Show and found himself meeting a lot of interesting people, like Billy Barnett, an athlete of the Special Olympics Area 36 (Marquette, Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw Counties… more Areas on somi.org). As an athlete, Billy participated in snowboarding, bowling, and track, “It (Special Olympics) teaches us to learn how to get along with other people and make new friends.”
Celia Vadnais, the Assistant Director for the Special Olympics Area 36, was also at the Builders Show to help with the fundraising. According to Celia, they had raised a lot of money with the help of the Builder’s Show but the Special Olympics is continuing to raise money for uniforms or anything else the athletes might need. The next big fundraiser for the athletes is the Polar Plunge!
Carla White, law-enforcement for the torch run — the largest Grass Roots fundraiser for Special Olympics in the world— is hosting the Marquette Polar Plunge. She said she had been raising money for the Special Olympics for eighteen years. “The Plunge isn’t as painful as it looks!” She invites everyone to come participate since it will be a perfect thirty-six degrees to plunge for a second in the icy water. Some of the Athletes are also going to be plunging for themselves. Adam Wayne, an athlete, has been doing it for sixteen years in a row!
The Polar Plunge will take place March 18th at Marquette Mountain in the wonderful city of Marquette, Michigan. Carla said that registration will start around 12:30 pm followed up by a parade of costumes at 1:45 pm. The actual plunging will start at 2:00 pm and afterward there will be a splash bash to feed the plungers. All of the proceeds go directly to Special Olympics.
The Special Olympics is always looking for people to contribute resources, mentor, volunteer, and chaperon. For more information, go to http://www.somi.org/.