The 2011 Central Peninsula Polar plunge was a huge success, raising more than $8,000. Some 300 spectators came to cheer on over 50 brave souls as they took the plunge to support four youth programs here in the central Peninsula.
The Saturday morning of Jan. 15 started out at 6 a.m. registering 6 below zero. By noon the air temperature had warmed to a balmy 1 above zero, with water temperature of 34 degrees. With emergency support from the Kenai fire department, emergency divers Capt. Greg Hyatt, and Capt. Craig Ralston of the Nikiski fire department, all had a good time. The reports from some jumpers of polar plunge claimed it was warmer in the water than out of the water.
The "Central Peninsula Polar Plunge" would like all these individuals who took the plunge for our youth:
Heidi Amend, Ruthy Anderson, Jason Daniels, Gary Duby, Heather Duffy, Vicki Duffy, Kim Eby, Zybrylle Gage, Josh Fine, Branderlyn Gage, Joshua Ferguson, Bob Gamble, Denali Glenzel Stacey Goodnight, Scott Griebel, Lacy Grubb, Jessi Hulet, Jeffery Knott, Andrea Krol, Todd Kruger, Michael Luckett, Ray Mack, Mathew Moore, Molly Palm, Salena Pena, Rhonda Perry, Andy Perehouse, Richard Reger, Jim Rogers, Brittany Scott, Kelly Sederholm, Cassy Shire, Danna Spring, Remy Spring, Kyle Stropes, Brock Treybig, Reyna Tubbs Zirrus Vandevere, Yuonne Waskey, Justin Pena, Josh Tine, Patty Collier, Carly Dendy, Casey Shire, Greg Spring, Robyn Sullens, Shanette Jackson, Reyna Craig, Deborah Davis-Presley, Kaitlin Davis, Andrea Ross.
We would also like to give a big thanks to all those businesses that supported this event:
Ron's Rent It Center, Fred Meyers Soldotna, Safeway Kenai, Safeway Soldotna, Trustworthy Hardware, Spenard Builders supply Kenai, KRSM radio group, Robert Peterkin II, Youth Restoration Corps, United tool rental Soldotna, Three Bears Kenai, Foster Construction, Nikiski Fire Department Emergency service dive team, Kenai Fire Department, City of Kenai Parks and Recreation department, City of Kenai Maintenance department, Polar Screens signs and shirts, Central Peninsula Hospital, Homer Electric Association and Lyons Photography.
Lastly, giving a big thanks to all the volunteers who showed up on Friday and Saturday to make this event a great success, your collective efforts helped make this event successful, safe, fun, and beneficial for the missions of Friends of Athletes with Disabilities (FAD), Kenai Peninsula Native Youth Olympics Wolf Pack team, Youth Restoration Corps and Bridges Community Resource Network. Collectively these groups thank the community of the central Peninsula.
Kelly Wolf, event organizer
Central Peninsula Polar Plunge, Kenai
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