Senator Reinert to Participate in Duluth Polar Plunge
On Saturday, Senator Roger Reinert will participate in the Polar Plunge in Duluth. This is the first time he has participated, and will be part of the AFSCME Local 1092 team.
The Polar Plunge is a fundraiser for the Special Olympics. “I am willing to jump into the frigid waters of Lake Superior and risk having a heart attack to raise the dollars necessary to keep the Special Olympics going,” Senator Reinert said.
The Plunge is part of the year-round Law Enforcement Torch Run® events to benefit Special Olympics, and is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations and businesses to support Special Olympics athletes by jumping into frigid Minnesota water.s. It consists of 14 different events that take place across Minnesota from January through March. This will be the 14th year of the Polar Bear Plunge in Minnesota. The first Plunge took place in Minnesota at Como Lake in 1998 and had 65 participants who raised $20,000. In 2010, the Polar Bear Plunge took place in 13 different locations, included over 7000 participants, and raised $1.4 million.
Senator Reinert has a personal reason for braving the frigid waters of Lake Superior: his sister Simone is a Special Olympics athlete. “My sister and thousands of other very special children and young adults in Minnesota are participants in the Special Olympics,” Senator Reinert said. “Through this program they get to have fun, make friends that last a lifetime, and build their self worth and self-confidence. I am happy to do what I can to support them and the organization.”
The Plunge will be held in on Saturday, February 19th in Canal Park, starting at 3:00.