Taking the Plunge
Not everyone is willing to thrust themselves into an icy, midwinter lake. But that’s just what 40 students did during the 2011 Polar Bear Plunge. Sponsored by Delta Sigma Phi's Theta Lambda chapter and Phoenix, a women's philanthropic group at Dickinson, the Feb. 26 fundraiser generated approximately $850 to benefit Special Olympics, blowing last year’s total of $500 out of the (bone-chilling) water.
The students had the choice of registering individually ($10) or as part of a group ($100 per group of 12-15). While guidelines stipulated that they must stand waist-deep in the water for 30 seconds, the 30-degree air dictated otherwise.
Luigi Fu ’11, who helped organize the event, gutted out 20 seconds in the ice-topped lake. “The water was freezing cold,” he said.
By MaryAlice Bitts Jackson
Photos by John Jones IV '11