Everyone was praying for warmer temperatures as the week came to a wintry close on Saturday, January 26, 2013. It didn't matter that we had just had the coldest week of the year - The Choptank Chillers were ready! With the Chesapeake Bay water temperature hovering around the 35 degree mark and the winds predicted to pick up in the afternoon, everyone was excited. It was the Polar Bear Plunge weekend, a winter event that Choptank Transport looks forward to and has participated in for the last three consecutive years.
"It's for a good cause and it's a heck of a lot of fun too," says Mandie Gruzenski, a Choptank Transport logistics coordinator who has championed the cause every year. Gruzenski says, "This is a company fundraiser I just don't miss!"
If you're not familiar with the "Plunge" it is an annual event sponsored by the Maryland State Police to benefit the state chapter of the Maryland Special Olympics. Each plunger must raise at least $50.00 to participate. This year there were over 13,000 people in attendance.
Deemed a huge success, not only because of all the people, their crazy costumes, the great music and the awesome food, but mainly because the plunge raised over 2.8 million dollars for the Maryland Special Olympics.