“We’re Freezin’ for a Reason!” is what appears on the Fresno Polar Plunge website and it’s what Neil Cervenka, a Turlock Police Officer, is saying as well.
On Saturday, February 26, 2011, hundreds of brave souls with warm hearts will take the plunge in the chilly waters at Millerton Lake in Fresno to raise much needed funds for Special Olympics Northern California!
Neil has sent out an email stating that he participated in the charitable event last year and will participate again this year. He’s joining many people from law enforcement across the nation who raised millions of dollars last year for Special Olympics.
“It was heartwarming to also hear that law enforcement is Special Olympics biggest supporter and without us, and generous friends and family like you, would not be able to function,” said Neil. “So, I come to all of you with my hat in my hand. I don’t often look for handouts, but this is such a worthy cause.”
Neil has a personal goal to raise $300 and is part of a team of 8 looking to raise $5,000. They are short of their team recruitment goal of 15 and currently at $2,060 raised.
To make a donation online and help out Turlock’s Neil Cervenka and his effort, go to the Polar Plunge website here. You can leave your own name, your business name, or remain anonymous. That information will be listed on Neil’s donation page.
“Thank you in advance,” Neil says. “I appreciate it, but the athletes love you for it.”
If you’re interested in joining a team and want to help support Special Olympics Northern California, visit the website.
The Polar Plunge website states that the event is not a swim, it’s a party! The teams dress up in crazy costumes and then take the plunge. Afterwards there is a post plunge party.