Golden Valley Nonprofit Takes the Plunge for Special Olympics Minnesota

The Workabilities team will be participating in the 2013 Maple Grove Polar Bear Plunge at Fish Lake Park Feb. 2.

It’s back – the annual Maple Grove Polar Bear Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Minnesota.

Among the teams participating this year is a from Golden Valley-based nonprofit Workabilities.

Luedtke, a former employee of Golden Valley-based is plunging for the first time along with 17 others from the nonprofit organization.

Luedtke is “nervous” and “excited” for her first Polar Plunge, but said it will be worth it for money raised for Special Olympics. With friends and family in attendance, she said several members of the team would be dressing up in referee shirts to recognize Super Bowl Sunday.

The Workabilities team has already exceeded their team goal – raising $3,772 as of Jan. 31.

The Maple Grove Polar Bear Plunge will be held at Fish Lake Regional Park, located at 14900 Bass Lake Road in Maple Grove. The Plunge begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013.

The event, presented by Minnesota law enforcement to benefit Special Olympics Minnesota, raises for more than 7,100 Special Olympics Minnesota athletes, as they train, compete and transform themselves, their communities and the world.

In 2012, approximately 940 people took the Plunge in Maple Grove and raised more than $184,000 in support of Special Olympics Minnesota.  Funds and registrations will continue to be accepted on the day of the event.


A free shuttle bus route will be available from 10 a.m. through the end of the Plunge. Shuttles will run approximately every 15 minutes from the following locations:

  • Lookout Bar and Grill, 8672 Pineview Lane N., Maple Grove, MN 55369
  • Basswood Elementary, 15425 Bass Lake Road, Maple Grove, MN 55311

Pre-Plunge Check Saturday, Feb. 2

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fish Lake Regional Park, 14900 Bass Lake Road, Maple Grove, MN 55311

The Plunge begins at 1 p.m.

At The Lookout Bar and Grill

  • The Lookout Bar and Grill has a full a range of activities scheduled for plungers. According to The Lookout website, the Maple Grove business will open at 10 a.m. and have buses shuttling plungers to Fish Lake Park. Live music will be continuing from noon to 4 p.m. Following the plunge, The Lookout will host an “After Plunge Party” with prizes, trophies and more.

For more information about the Maple Grove Polar Bear Plunge, teams participating, how to register or donate, visit http://www.plungemn.org/location/maplegrove

SHARE: Are you plunging or watching someone take the plunge? Give a shout out to your team in comments! Are you taking pictures and video of the event? Share them uploading to this post.

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