On Saturday, January 21, a typical cold winter day in Minnesota, 62 very brave people jumped into the frigid water of Fish Lake of Maple Grove as a “reward” for raising money from their friends and family to build the Rankit public secondary school in 2012! A record amount was raised for this third year of the Deep Freeze Dunk – over $18,000!!
Click here to see an outstanding video of the Dunk.
Click here to see Dunk photos on Flickr.
Click here for the Facebook page for the Deep Freeze Dunk with other videos.
Click here to see the professional photos taken at the event by CCG Creative. If you purchase any of these photos, CCG Creative will generously donate all the proceeds to the Deep Freeze Dunk as well.
Congratulations to Abby Harrison for raising the greatest amount as an individual – over $2100! Her prize was a new winter jacket. Runners up were Jamie Sledd and Danny Sussman. Congratulations also to Abby’s team “AwesomeSauce” which won the prize for the most money raised by a team – over $4200! Her team members included Nicole Harrison, Danny Sussman and Tiffany Li, and they will be recognized with a plaque. Congratulations also to Andrew Brown, who received the prize of a soft shell jacket, for winning best costume: wearing a speedo, a hand-made holiday-type vest, neon sunglasses, and a headband that spiked up his hair (check out the Flickr photos).
It was a fun, festive time for these hardy souls and their on-shore admirers. We are so grateful for their dedication, enthusiasm, and generosity of spirit to endure the cold water for the children of Haiti.
We thank Tony Kieffer and his Maple Grove Rotary Club for their sponsorship of the event, as well as the Rotary Partnership for Haiti and City of Lakes Rotary Club. We thank COL Rotary member Olaf Minge who, along with Tony and Haiti Outreach Development Director Dale Snyder, did most of the planning and organizing for the Dunk. Thank you also to our volunteers who helped that day, the Fire Department and EMT’s, and our corporate sponsors, including First Class Mortgage of Maple Grove, Arbor Lakes Dental, Schmitt Music, and CCG Creative. Finally, we thank all of the donors who supported the dunkers with their generous gifts.
All of the donations for the Dunk will go to build the Rankit public secondary school. Follow the story of this school as it is built and opens later this year on our web page, Facebook, and Twitter!
Watch this great YouTube video of the Dunk: