Five hearty members of the Ballwin city employee team were “freezin’ for a reason” when they plunged into Creve Coeur Lake Saturday, Feb. 23.
The occasion was the annual Polar Bear Plunge, one of several such events around the state held to raise funds for the Missouri Special Olympics.
But the Ballwin team wasn’t alone. More than 500 others also braved the frigid waters.
Although the temperature was in the high 40s, a brisk wind and intermittent pelting rain made it seem much colder.
With Ballwin Police Chief Kevin Scott and Mayor Tim Pogue leading the way, the team also included: Assistant Chief John Bergfeld; Andy Hixson, assistant city administrator; James Boyd, recreation manager at The Pointe; and Chris Hyland, building inspector.
The Ballwin team entered in the law enforcement category and was leading that division with more than $4,700 contributed by friends, relatives and fellow employees. A Missouri Special Olympics spokeswoman said the total amount raised was expected to be in the $90,000 range.