To the Editor:
The Jimmy Floyd Family Center staff would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that helped put together and participate in our 10th annual Polar Bear Plunge held this past Saturday, Jan. 17.
We had the worst conditions to date for this year’s plunge. The temperature of the water was a blistering 32 degrees and the air temperature was in the teens. We actually had to break the ice from the zero entry tiles just to have a place to enter the outdoor pool. Some areas of the pool had ice almost two inches thick. But that didn’t stop 46 brave souls from taking the plunge.
The event raises money for the Wilson County Special Olympics and this year we raised around $3,200.
We would like to say a special thanks to Bruce Chaney, Director Construction & Facility Services of Cracker Barrel. What started out to be a couple of small donations from an email telling about the Polar Bear Plunge into a dare and donations attached if Bruce would take the plunge. Those couple of emails turned into several emails and a total of $1,285 donated in his honor from Cracker Barrel employees and an outside vendor. He must really be loved by his fellow employees.
Several businesses helped sponsor the Special Olympic Regional meet that was held afterwards-by donating food, drinks, and supplies. They are Chilis, Papa Johns, Wal-Mart, Save-A-Lot, Sonic, Whitts BBQ, Kmart, Krogers, Publix ofMt Juliet, Publix of Lebanon, White Castle, Ruby Tuesday’s, and Clayborne’s Bakery. Thank you for your support.
Also we want to thank all those that volunteered to help with the swim meet. Netrean Porter, Local Area Coordinator was in charge of the meet and volunteers.Tim Hill and Cindy Baker,Jimmy Floyd Center
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