Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics...

Sorry it has taken me so long to get these posted. Here are a few of the fun shots from the Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics.

This was a parade of the costumes people wore for the plunge... note BJ's fine garb... crazy man! I especially like the shot where it looks like he's getting ready to strike down the polar bear.

I loved the water shots. I was right down on the edge of the water and got to take all the pictures for Gregg & Bj's Website. It was way fun... I didn't even get wet which was pretty much amazing.
I thought the little couple in the middle shot were just too cute. The St. Joseph chapter of Special Olympics raised close to $19,000.00 with this event. It was great to be even just a small part of it. We were honored to contribute on behalf of Greg Smith. I'm sure he was smiling down and laughing at all the silly crowd. Renee says he loved being able to participate in the Special Olympics so that made it even better.

ps... It turned out to be 70 degrees on the day of the plunge. The ice melted off the lake the day before the event. How's that for some luck? BJ says he thinks he will take a less active role in the event next year... ie... not entering the water... he's pretty sure the weather will not cooperate two years in a row and he can see where the worst part would be getting out of the water to frigid gusting winds... It really was a beautiful day.


The Smiths said...

I know I commented on this so I am not sure where it went!!! Thank you so much for the donation in Greg's name. He would have loved watching the plunge - although I don't think you can call it a polar plunge when it is 70 degrees outside!!!

pgsmiths said...

Dear Kim, Thank you for the donation in Greg's name and for coming to the services. We appreciated it and I know Renee and Jeff did too. Renee has been "my girl" and "Jeff's wife" to Greg for so many years and he figured that anyone in her family was also in his. He really did love Special Olympics and had a good time participating. Even if that meant waiting when his friend Steve tripped and the two of them walking most of the way around the track, but finishing. Shonnie & Al