BRRR! Polar Plunge raises $1,200 for Special Olympics

RBC Sheriff Anthony Mazzola (left) takes the leap into Kenney Reservoir and Rangely Town Trustee Matt Billgren (right) watches. RENÉ HARDEN photo
Kay Nickson, 83, was one of several jumpers returning to this year’s annual Polar Plunge.
Rene Harden Photo

RANGELY | Some brave individuals jumped into the frigid waters of Kenney Reservoir Saturday, Nov. 10 for a great reason. This is the fourth year Rangely has participated in the Polar Plunge. RDH’s Norian Edwards began this tradition in 2015.

Due to scheduling conflicts this year, the Chamber of Commerce took over the Polar Plunge and raised about $1,200 for the Special Olympics of Colorado. Chamber Director Konnie Billgren says they will host it again in 2019, the second weekend in November.

Seven participants jumped this year. The weather was quite chilly and caused some people to decide against jumping. Kay Nickson, 83, has jumped multiple times and is well known for bringing different outfits to wear during her jumps. Her outfit this year was a coconut bra and a grass skirt. Sheriff Anthony Mazzola also jumped and is very supportive of the local events. Police Chief Vince Wilczek partnered with the chamber for this fundraising event. Billgren committed to jumping next year if $5,000 is raised.

There is talk about trying to get the town council members in on the jumping next year as well. Julie Fite is the Western Regional Manager and has been a part of Special Olympics since 1989. She was able to be at the reservoir this year and support our plungers. This has been the coldest year to date for the Rangely Polar Plunge. The money raised goes to the Special Olympic athletes to help them with lodging and hosting the games. The chamber plans to continue this fundraising tradition for years to come.


By BRITTNY CAMPOS | Special to the Herald Times