Shiver on the
Saturday, February 2, 2008
mercury out of our environment by bringing old
mercury thermometers to exchange for a FREE
Family Fun All Day Long
Exhibits, Displays and Refreshments
Belle Isle Historical Slide Presentation
Magic John's Magic Show
Characatures by BobKat
Environmental Arts and Crafts for kids
Detroit Puppet Theater
Fun All Around Belle Isle
Conservatory 10:00a.m.- 5:00p.m.
U.S. Coast Guard Station 10:00a.m.-3:00p.m.
Belle Isle Nature Zoo 10:00a.m.-4:00a.m.
Old Belle Isle Boat Club 12:00pm-4:00pm
Dossin Maritime Museum 11:00a.m.-4:00p.m.
Event Co-sponsored by:
*Friends of the Detroit River* *Friends of Belle
*Detroit Recreation Department*
*Wayne County Department of
Environment-Watershed Management Division*
(To raise money for the Special Olympics)
Detroit Rowing Club
Saturday, February 9th
Registration at 11:00 a.m.
Parade of Costumes and Plunge at 12:00
Awards/Post Plunge Party at 12:45
Open to all – Minimum Donation is $50.00
Don’t want to plunge – collect donations – see
Detroit is one of 14 “2008 Law Enforcement Torch
Run Polar Plunge” sites
throughout Michigan in February and March.
Info – www.somi.org or 800-644-6404Click here to
From the Special Olympics website:
‘Tis the Season to be Freezin
By Danielle Nicholl
It’s time to take the plunge; the 2008 Law
Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge, that is!
Plungers from around the state will have the
chance to dress in their favorite costumes and
take a plunge into cold waters to raise funds
for the athletes of Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI).
Fourteen Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunges
will take place throughout Michigan in February
and March, with varying dates and times
according to the locations. Plunge sites
include: Alpena, Ann Arbor, Big Rapids,
Cheboygan, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Jackson,
Kalamazoo, Lansing, Mount Pleasant, Muskegon,
Saginaw, Traverse City and the Upper Peninsula.
“It really is a fun event. There’s lot of laughs
and there’s a lot of interesting costumes,” said
Mike Canale, the SOMI southeast regional public
relations and events coordinator. “And the best
part is that the entire event supports the
life-changing programs made available through
“It’s a great chance for the whole family to
come out and support Special Olympics,” said
Jill Schumacher, the SOMI central region
director of development and events. “It’s great
for kids to watch and there are always
participants who show up with some fun and
After participants register, the event will kick
off with a parade of costumes where plungers
will compete for the Golden Plunger Award. The
award will go to the plunger with the most
creative costume or the best jump into the
water. A post-plunge party and awards ceremony
“The party will include warm food and raffles,
and is free for all plungers,” Schumacher said.
“Additional guests can attend for $5.”
Anyone brave enough to plunge is welcome to
partake with a minimum donation of $50. All
plungers will receive prizes and an official
2008 Polar Plunge T-shirt.
Those less daring are also encouraged to attend,
as well as collect donations for prizes that
bare the logo “Too Chicken to Plunge.”
“Even if you don’t want to plunge, you can still
help out,” Canale said. “Just by being there and
trying to raise funds raises awareness for
The Polar Plunge is made possible by the Law
Enforcement Torch Run, a group of police
officers and corrections personnel committed to
raising funds and awareness for SOMI. Proceeds
from the Polar Plunge support the year-round
sports training and athletic competition for
more than 15,200 children and adults with
intellectual disabilities who live in Michigan.