BEND, Ore. – Donning their wildest costumes and swimming attire, hundreds of brave souls are preparing to take the plunge into the frigid Deschutes River on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Bend’s Riverbend Park for the 2019 Oregon Law Enforcement Polar Plunge presented by Fred Meyer.
Benefiting Special Olympics Oregon (SOOR), participants will raise money statewide in support of those with intellectual disabilities – the largest disability population in the state.
With the water temperature in the 40s, this rambunctious annual event makes a splash every year as one of the most exciting and engaging fundraisers in the state. Dozens of local teams will sprint into the Deschutes River to show their bravery and earn the money they raised leading up to the event.
Each participant raises a minimum of $50, with many raising significantly more for the honor of jumping into freezing water. Bend is one of five Oregon cities hosting plunges with thousands of supporters taking part statewide.
There’s still time to join the fun! People wishing to take the Plunge for Special Olympics Oregon can register at www.PlungeOregon.com.
The Bend Police Department will be joined by officers, personnel and support from Redmond Police Department, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and Deschutes County Juvenile Community Justice. In addition, teams from dozens of local businesses and schools will share in the fun.
The Bend plunge is made possible by the generous support of statewide and local sponsors: Fred Meyer, Les Schwab, Jersey Mike’s, PacificSource Health Plans|Legacy Health, Aerotek, Lithia Auto Stores, Jersey Mike’s, The Twins 98.3, Bend Broadband, The Bulletin, NewsChannel 21, Old Mill District, Hooker Creek, Advance Systems and Cascade Disposal.