BY MELANIE BUCK –
Officials with the 2015 Polar Plunge cancelled the event on February 28 due to icy road conditions and concern for everyone’s safety and have said they do not plan to reschedule. Donations raised through the event benefit Special Olympics Arkansas. A press release issued by Special Olympics Arkansas Area 14 said they, “appreciate the hard work and dedication of individuals that support the Mena Polar Plunge each year. At this time, due to other obligations and prior commitments on behalf of the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, they will not be able to reschedule the 2015 Mena Polar Plunge.”
Polk County Sheriff Mike Godfrey has requested that all participants deliver their pledges and donations to Tammie Minton at the Sheriff’s Office or drop them off at Mena Middle School for Elizabeth Tompkins, Director, Special Olympics Arkansas Area 14.
“I want to extend a special thank you to all of the supporters that helped us to fundraise for the 2015 Polar Plunge. While the weather prevented us from taking the icy leap, the funds raised will still provide trainings, uniforms, medals, and meals to our local athletes in their upcoming competitions. We could not do this without the Polk County Sheriff’s Department and the wonderful community support,” said Tompkins.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Arkansas unites officers from law enforcement agencies and corrections departments across the state in an effort to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics. The money raised for the Mena Polar Plunge will benefit 350 athletes that participate in Special Olympics Arkansas Area 14. Special Olympics Arkansas (SOAR) is a year-round sports organizations for children & adults with intellectual disabilities. They offer sports training and competition in twenty Olympic-type sports to more than 14,000 athletes across the state. Athletes are never charged a fee to participate. As a 501(c)3 non-profit, SOAR relies on donations from individuals, businesses, and civic organizations for funding.
For more information please contact Tammie Minton at 479-394-8163 or Elizabeth Tompkins at 870-784-3822.