By Thomas A. Kvamme • For the Union-Eagle
Taking a plunge into Green Lake this time of year generally isn’t a very good idea.
But, on Feb. 1, a dip in support of the Kinship Winter Plunge will perhaps be considered as cool.
It all begins at 11 a.m. “near the boat landing,” according to Jeanne Bromberg, who serves as director of the local Kinship Youth Mentoring Program.
Bromberg looks for this event, now in its third year, to increase in participation numbers once again.
In the first year, they held the plunge with only six individuals, including herself, she said; some police officers and a board member comprised the participants.
Last year was a different story, with more than 50 individuals joining in, including members of the Princeton High wrestling squad and the boys and girls basketball teams.
Bromberg said she will be taking part in the plunge once again.
The plunge is a fundraising effort, and by collecting pledges, Kinship is able to raise money to support its work in the community.
Bromberg founded the mentoring program in 2000 and more than 150 matches have been made since that time.
According to Bromberg, 20 students are presently matched with adults, allowing the youth an opportunity to spend quality time with a mentor, taking part in a variety of activities.
While the event is being sponsored by Kinship, there’s an opportunity for others to earn funds.
The field is set up to allow other nonprofit groups to cash in, much like the wrestling and basketball teams did last year.
By offering the groups an opportunity to earn 70 percent of the pledges they raise for the event, last year the Princeton wrestling and basketball teams were able to raise more than $1,000 each.
Individuals can also collect pledges to take a plunge in support of the Kinship program.
Interested groups seeking to take part in the 70-30 split need to contact the Kinship office at 763-631-5967 by Friday, Jan. 24. Leave a message for a call back if no one answers.
“This is a most successful event for raising funds,” Bromberg said. “We have a great base of individuals and others for support, but this is a community event and we have a lot of fun.”
Three trailers will be available for people to warm up, Bromberg said, plus there will be additional tents.
Adding to the safety of the program, members of the Isanti Dive Team will be on hand to assist the plungers.
Take the bus
Bromberg encourages everyone to come out and take part or be a spectator for this event.
However, she encourages everyone involved to ride the courtesy bus, as there is “very limited” parking near the plunge area. A free shuttle bus service, to and from the lake, will be provided throughout the event.
Plans call for six buses to provide service, boarding on the north side of Highway 95 at the Neighbors to Nations Church and the Word Of Life Church.
Those taking the shuttle to the plunge site can leave vehicles in either parking lot.