East Boise County - “I think it’s a great way to start the year, to jump in!” said Helene Peterson, Special Event and Development Manager for Make-A-Wish® Idaho. The ice was 6 inches thick, near the shoreline, but with help from a specialized dive team, the ice was broken and folks were able to take the plunge on New Year’s Day.
There were 353 people who had registered for the event held on January 1st, 2017. However, only about 200 to 250 people actually entered the water. “It was kind of a game day decision,” explained Peterson. Over $35,000 was raised by the Polar Bear Plunge, which achieved the goal of
this non-profit organization. Peterson warmly touched on the huge attendance at the event, “They just love to come out, and support these Wish Kids and what they’re going through.”