Mexico Public Safety and the 12th District Drug Court sponsor the City's Polar Bear Plunge at Kiwanis Lake in Plunkett Park. Registration begins at noon and the plunge will commence at 2 p.m. In past years, the department had more than 130 participants, dressed in costumes, that braved the cold, windy weather and freezing water, and raised approximately $16,000.
Benefits of the Event
The Polar Bear Plunge is 1 of many events hosted by law enforcement to benefit their charity of choice, Special Olympics Missouri. This "unbearable" event is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations, schools and businesses to support local Special Olympics athletes by jumping, diving or crawling into the sparkling, frigid waters of Missouri. Since its inception 14 years ago, 8,527 Missourians have taken the plunge in lakes across the state, raising $1,853,751. If you're too chicken to make the splash, be a fan by making a pledge to a braver soul.
Proceeds support year-round sports training and athletic competition for more than 15,000 children and adults with mental disabilities who participate in Special Olympics Missouri.