Walla Walla native halfway to river plunge goal

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Mentioned briefly on Wednesday in Etcetera, native Walla Wallan Jason Postlewait aims to raise $1,000 for the 2014 Polar Plunge for Special Olympics and is halfway to his goal, according to his pledge site. A $500 donation to his e-account was made “from someone sane” in Jason’s honor, presumably because Jason is intent on dipping into the chilly Columbia River for a good cause.

The DeSales High School, Walla Walla Community College and Whitman College alum said, “I’ve worked with several students who deal with disabilities every day and this is just something I can do to help out. The great stories are centered around the kids in special education, Special Olympics (Washington, for which the plunge is a fundraiser), and challenger sport programs who go out every day and compete in life and sports and love every minute of it.”

“Plungers” will be freezin’ for a reason at eight sites around Washington state from Puget Sound to various oh-so-cold rivers and lakes.

The Polar Plunge in Kennewick will be at noon Jan. 18 in Columbia Park, 5111 Columbia Park Trail.

Jason teaches in the credit retrieval program at Wa-Hi helping students who are behind in credits to get to graduation. He coaches football at Sager and baseball for the summer Black Sox select team.

Under the auspices of law enforcement agencies statewide, this year the Plunge has raised nearly $14,000 to benefit Special Olympics athletes . Participants are asked to reach the fundraising minimum of $50 and will receive a T-shirt, earn prizes and take a dip in the frigid waters for Special Olympics Washington.

For those too chicken to plunge a “Chicken Coop” is situated on the sidelines to cheer on the plungers You can still raise money, win prizes and make a difference in the lives of local athletes.

Polar Plunge check-in is from 9-11:30 a.m.; and the Polar Plunge costume contest is 11:15 a.m.

“This is just a great fundraiser and people should help out any way they can,” Jason said.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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