I understand it’s for a good cause, but there are SO MANY other ways to raise money – bake sales, car washes, silent auctions, live auctions, walks, marathons and raffles just to name a few. There is no way I would respond to a double dog challenge to participate in the Chicago Polar Plunge. That’s just me.
Frankly speaking, I can only think of a few reasons why I would even consider diving into ice-cold Lake Michigan or a lukewarm pond for that matter and to raise money (even for charity) isn’t one of them.
I suppose if I saw someone in trouble, possibly a child, no definitely a child, smaller than me of course, drowning; I might be more inclined to attempt a polar plunge, but knowing me, I would more than likely seek help. Asking someone to help me – to help him is in fact helping.
Just because I’m a chicken baby and would never respond not even with the slightest sneer to a double dog dare doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the will and determination of others.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Jimmy Fallon pretty much had a side bet going on.
If the children in Chicago who were participating in “Rahm’s Readers” read 2 million books they agreed to take the Polar Plunge. The children in the program read approximately 2.1 million books. I’m assuming neither one of them thought the kids would come close and certainly not surpass the goal. That’s amazing!!
The Emanuel and Fallon Polar Plunge Collaboration drove a record number of participants. More than 3,000 people took the Plunge raising over $1 million dollars for the Chicago Special Olympics.
Like I said earlier, there are SO MANY ways to raise money and you’ll never catch me polar plunging in my skivvies or in a full wool coat for that matter, but when it comes to fundraising obviously some ways are more efficient than others. At the present time, I have yet to hear of a million dollar bake sale haul?
I’m Just Sayin’…(Damn!)
Would you or have you taken a polar plunge?
Tell me in the comments!