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Mercyhurst dives into Polar Plunge

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

File Photo: 2015 Polar Plunge

In keeping with the spirit of the 2nd annual Erie Polar Bear Plunge, this Saturday’s high temperature is predicted to be a chilly 44 degrees. But that won’t stop 127 Mercyhurst University students, faculty and staff from taking an unseasonal dip in Lake Erie.

The Polar Bear Plunge is a fundraiser sponsored by Special Olympics PA, which takes place throughout the state over the next few months. The Erie Plunge begins at 9 a.m. at Presque Isle State Park’s Beach 7 with Plunge Town, which includes food, warm beverages, ice carving, live music, games, and other activities. See more Registration will end at 11:30 a.m. with the plunge to follow.

A sizeable portion of registered Erie Plungers are from the Mercyhurst community, with a current total of 127 students, staff, and faculty on board. Already, the Mercyhurst teams have raised $7,500 and this figure is growing as the plunge date approaches. With a goal of 100 participants and $5,000 in donations, Mercyhurst has exceeded its original estimates. All told, the Erie event seeks to raise more than $100,000.   

Among the Mercyhurst employees slated to participate are: Sarah Howorth, Phil Belfiore, Jonathan Moser, Sloan Spinks, Ron Coleman, Joe Alonge, Kristy Jamison, Sarah Allen, Dave Markley, Beth Stokey, Megan McKenna and Scott Michel. They will join 18 student teams, ranging from members of the National Security Club to students in the sociology department.