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Lake City Chamber to host Polar Plunge on Saturday

January 4, 2019

LAKE CITY, S.C. – If you ever wanted to take a dip in the new Lake City lake, Saturday is your chance. The Greater Lake City Chamber of Commerce will host the Lake City Polar Plunge Saturday morning to benefit the Florence County Disabilities Foundation’s Special Olympics athletes.

Saturday is the first time the chamber will host such an event. And executive director Mary Kelley said she wants it to be a yearly event.

Kelley said the organization is putting its twist on the polar plunge in that it is partnering with the Florence County Disabilities Foundation.

“(We’re) partnering with them because the employees in the Pee Dee Thrift have disabilities and they participate in Special Olympics,” Kelley said. “So this is to help send them to Special Olympics.”

Registration is $20 and begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at the lake. Participants will hit the water at 10:30 a.m. Lake Park is at 273 N. Church St., Lake City.

“Everybody is going to line up at the edge of the lake,” Kelley said. “We’re going to blow a whistle, and everybody is going to run in.”

Participants must be 18 or older and will need to have shoes. The designated area for the plunge will be marked off. Kelley assures that it will be a good, safe time.

Anne C. Carpenter, director of the Florence County Disabilities Foundation, said it is phenomenal that the chamber is hosting the polar plunge with proceeds benefiting its Special Olympics athletes because there are so many who want to participate. The proceeds will help the foundation make sure that everyone who wants to participate in the Special Olympics is able to go and get the training they may need.

“This is fantastic,” Carpenter said. “We have never had anyone that just supported the Special Olympics athletes.”

The Florence County Disabilities Foundation pays for athletes to participate in the Special Olympics, plus their trip and equipment.

Three Pee Dee athletes competed in the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria. They each returned to South Carolina with gold medals.

Some of the athletes and representative of the Florence County Disabilities Foundation are expected to be at the Lake City Polar Plunge on Saturday.

For more information, contact the Greater Lake City Chamber of Commerce at 843-374-8611 or lccoc1@ftc-i.net.

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