Pledge drive starts ahead of upcoming dip in Columbia

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The countdown is underway for Patty Jones’ pledge drive. She’ll be freezin’ for a reason as she’s set for her fourth Polar Plunge, which raises funds for more than 10,000 Special Olympics athletes in Washington state.

As of today she’d raised $50 of the $150 she’d like to collect before the big dip in the Columbia River.

Sponsored by law enforcement agencies across the state, plunges are held around the region. The Kennewick event will be at Columbia Park, 5111 Columbia Park Trail. Polar Plunge check-in on Jan. 18 will be from 9-11:30 a.m.; the Polar Plunge costume contest will be at 11:15 a.m.; and the plunge is at noon.

Those wanting to raise funds but not dive in can cheer on the “plungers” from the sidelines in the “Chicken Coop.” All fundraisers can raise money, win prizes and make a difference in the lives of local athletes.

Patty has taught special education classes for 29 years and coached Special Olympics.

She said Jason Postlewait also plans to raise funds and take the plunge. So far, she said 250 have signed up. More than 700 jumped into the 35-degree river in 2013 and raised more than $100,000 for Special Olympics.

To donate at Patty’s pledge site, click here. For details about the plunge, email mdo@sowa.org .

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