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Take the Plunge with the UMD Alumni Association

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Take the Plunge with the UMD Alumni Association

You may have heard about it on the news, read about it online, or maybe even seen a video on YouTube, but what exactly is this “Plunge” that everyone’s talking about?

The Polar Bear Plunge — presented by Minnesota law enforcement as part of the year-round Law Enforcement Torch Run® events to benefit Special Olympics — is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations and businesses to support Special Olympics athletes by jumping into frigid Minnesota waters. It consists of 16 different events that take place across Minnesota during the coldest months of the year. From January through March, the Polar Plunge crew will be traveling around the state to 16 different communities with one goal in mind: raise funds for Special Olympics Minnesota!

How is the UMD Alumni Association involved? We’ve formed our own team to help, and we invite you to join us on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 3:00 pm in Canal Park along the shores of Lakes Superior! Ashlee, our Communications guru, is daring to take the plunge on behalf of the UMD Alumni Relations Office. She doesn’t have to do it alone! We invite you to jump onabord our team, maybe even jump in the lake alongside her, and it’s all in support of Special Olympics Minnesota.

There are several ways you can participate:
1.) Join the UMD Alumni Association team, make an individual pledge to raise $75 for Special Olympics, and take the Plunge!
2.) Not sure you want to go for a chilly mid-winter swim? There’s no rule saying you must plunge, but you can still help out! Donate $5, $10, $40, $100…whatever you want! Every little bit helps us get closer to meeting our goal, and even closer to getting Ashlee into the water!

Hereare step-by-step instructions on how to donate or how to join our team!

If you’re leading more towards Option #2 and want to donate the UMD Alumni Association team:

1.) Go to
2.) Click ‘Find Plunger/Team’ near the top of the page (underneath the main Polar Plunge photo logo.)
3.) There are two ways to search for our team:
a) Search by Plunger with the name “Ashlee Hartwig”.
b) Search by Team or Group Name by using “UMD Alumni Association”
4.) Scroll down until you find either “Ashlee Hartwig” or “UMD Alumni Association”
a) Click on the ‘Pledge’ button to the right side of the page (it will be in the same row as the team name)
5.) You should be on the Pledge Page after hitting ‘pledge’. Make sure the following information is correct:
a) Plunger: Ashlee Hartwig
b) Event: Duluth
c) Team Name: UMD Alumni Association
6.) Fill out the remaining information, and have a credit card ready.
7.) Once you hit the ‘Submit’ button, you will have a chance to review your information.
8.) After you’ve reviewed your information, hit ‘Submit’ again and your donation will be made!
9.) Thank you!

Feeling a little bit more daring and want to join Ashlee in taking the plunge? Here’s how to officially join our team:

1.) Visit the Polar Plunge Minnesota registration site.
2.) Fill in the Event Information as follows:
a) Event: Duluth – February 16, 2013
b) Select the ‘Join an Existing Team’ option
c) Scroll down to find “UMD Alumni Association”
d) Goal: $75 is the minimum required in order to jump into Lake Superior (but feel free to choose a higher goal if you’d like!)
3.) Create an account and fill out the contact information.
4.) Read and accept the Polar Plunge Terms of Agreement.
5.) Welcome to the UMD Alumni Association Polar Plunge team for 2013!

If you have questions about the event, please refer to the official Polar Bear Plunge website. If you have questions about joining the UMD Alumni Association team or about making a donation, feel free to give us a call at 218-726-7164 or email

We’re freezin’ for a reason on February 16! We hope to see you there!