On Friday, Erin Kelly will be giving up the warm confines of the Mountlake Terrace Police Department, her normal workday habitat, for the chilly waters of Puget Sound — but she’s doing it for a good cause.
Kelly will be participating in the Super Plunge, a lead-in for the Polar Plunge fundraiser for Special Olympics Washington. As a Super Plunger, Kelly will be jumping into the waters at Golden Gardens in Seattle every half hour from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. And then if that’s not enough, Kelly and her fellow plungers will be back the next day for one final dip into Puget Sound as part of the Saturday Polar Plunge event.
“I am trying to raise $2,500 to help support the local athletes,” Kelly explained. “One hundred percent of the money raised stays in Washington to help over 10,000 athletes.”
Law enforcement personnel from throughout the state have taken up the cause of raising money for Special Olympics Washington for a number of years. There are nine Polar Plunges scheduled throughout the state this year; this marks the third year Kelly has taken the Plunge for the cause.
While Friday’s Super Plunge doesn’t draw as many participants, Saturday morning’s Polar Plunge is expected to be a well-attended event, with law enforcement being joined by students and other plungers, a costume contest, prizes and an appearance by the Seahawks Blue Thunder Drumline.
Kelly, who cares for the Mountlake Terrace Police Department evidence room, has also been involved with many of the other fundraisers that law enforcement officers and civilian employees conduct for Special Olympics throughout the year, which include fun runs, Tip-A-Cop restaurant events, and Special Olympics Torch Run campaigns.
This year’s Washington State Special Olympics Winter Games take place Feb. 28-March 2 in Wenatchee and Leavenworth.
— By Doug Petrowski