Rapid Responders stage pre-Plunge fund-raisers

Coon Rapids Police Officer Brian Beedle and his merry band of brothers in blue again plan to take the plunge for Special Olympics as part of the annual Polar Bear Plunge event.

Coon Rapids police officers took the plunge into Crooked Lake during the 2012 Polar Plunge. File photo by Sue Austreng

Coon Rapids police officers took the plunge into Crooked Lake during the 2012 Polar Plunge. File photo by Sue Austreng

In total, Beedle has recruited 14 teammates to “take the plunge” as members of the Coon Rapids Police Department Rapid Responders plunge team.

The second annual Polar Bear Plunge to crack the ice in Anoka County takes place at Crooked Lake beach in Coon Rapids Saturday, Feb. 9. Plunging begins at 1 p.m.

But in addition to collecting pledges for the plunge, Beedle and his co-horts have also planned several pre-Plunge events, determined to raise as much money as they can for Special Olympics.

To participate in the Polar Bear Plunge, each plunger must collect at least $75 in pledges – but the more money raised, the better the support for Special Olympics.

And so, Beedle’s Rapid Responders will take on the Coon Rapids Middle School plunge team in a Special Olympics Polar Plunge charity basketball game set to take the court at Anoka-Ramsey Community College at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28.

Tickets (available at the door) are $3 for adults, $2 for students.

All door proceeds go to Special Olympics.

Not only that, the Rapid Responders have more pre-Plunge fund-raisers in the works, too.plunge logo copyThey will be holding a “tip a cop” event at Broadway Pizza (date to be established) and are working with the Coon Rapids and Andover Walgreens stores where they hope to sell popcorn for donations to Special Olympics.

So far, 277 plungers have pledged to crack the ice at Crooked Lake this year. Other local teams plunging represent Andover Fire Department, Andover High School, the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office, Anoka High School, Anoka Masons, Anoka Middle School for the Arts, Blaine Police Department, Coon Rapids baseball and Oak View Middle School.

For a complete list of individuals and teams participating in the Crooked Lake Polar Bear Plunge, to learn more about the 2013 Polar Bear Plunge, to track pledges made – and to make one of your own – visit www.plungemn.org.

Sue Austreng is at sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

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