Freezin’ for a Reason benefit set for Saturday

PARKERSBURG — The seventh annual Freezin’ for a Reason will be held 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Parkersburg Point Park Marketplace where participants will jump into a 25-foot pool filled with cold water to benefit the West Virginia Special Olympics.

“We have a lot who come to just watch,” event organizer Cheryl Baxter said.

West Virginia Special Olympics organizes sporting events for the developmentally disabled and holds the major Olympic games for hundreds of special athletes. The Fall Special Olympics are held at Parkersburg South High School.

Last year’s plunge in Parkersburg raised about $10,000 and drew 40 participating jumpers, some in costume, many in teams, Baxter said.

Participating jumpers must raise a minimum of $50 in pledges. Pledge and release forms are available at Participants must sign a release and the release must be signed for those under 18 years old.

Registration for the plunge begins at 1:30 p.m. at the marketplace parking lot. People can also register online.

Costumes are encouraged with a costume contest at 2:30 p.m.

A discussion on how to survive the plunge is held at 2:55 p.m. The plunge begins at 3 p.m. with the After Plunge Party scheduled at the Point Park Market Place.

Admission to the party is free for the jumpers, she said. It is open to everyone with a suggested donation of $10, Baxter said.

Food for the party will be furnished by Maka Mia Pizza and the Village Cakery. Music will be provided by Roberts Entertainment and radio personality Jack Horton will emcee the plunge.