Freezin’ for a reason: First-ever Spirit Polar Plunge raises funds for local cancer services |

Freezin’ for a reason: First-ever Spirit Polar Plunge raises funds for local cancer services

Participants of the first Spirit Polar Plunge on Sunday, June 24 in Grand Lake cringe and laugh as they make it into the chilling 54-degree water.
Courtesy / Sara Moran

Cold success describes the first-ever Spirit Polar Plunge held in Grand Lake on Sunday. Local nonprofit Taking Steps for Cancer planned the event to raise awareness and funds for cancer related services in Grand County. A large crowd watched from the “chicken coop” on the dock as those who braved the 54-degree waters took the plunge.

Judy Eberly, co-chairperson of Taking Steps for Cancer and one of the brave ones who got into the frigid lake water, said the event will definitely continue annually. “It was A) Fun and B) Brought in funds and many donations for the cancer related services program through Mountain Family Center,” Eberly exclaimed.

The Sexy Chicks was recognized as the best costumed team and the 3 G’s team raised the most money in sponsorships. The event was hosted by Western Riviera Event Center, Barebones BBQ and Martin & Taylor. A total for how much was raised during the event is still being tallied.

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