A Slow Time

It’s once again the time of year for ice, snow, and frigid temperatures. Many people are loath to go out and do anything in this type of weather; and for good reason! Winters in the lake area are typically quiet, with events few and far between. For the Special Olympics Missouri, however, this time of year is very special.

Cold for a Cause

Across the state, the Polar Bear Plunge is being held. This charity event is one of their biggest fundraisers, and attracts hundreds, if not thousands, of participants every year. A project of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Missouri, this event is hosted locally by the Osage Beach Police Department.

Participants are expected to pay a $75 registration fee, and must be at least age 10 to participate. The Polar Bear Strut registration begins at 8:30 a.m., with the Strut at 10 at the OBPD. The Plunge will be held at Public Beach #2. Registration opens at 2 p.m., with the event at 2:30. There will also be a Pee Wee Plunge at the Osage Beach Fire Departments Fire House #2 on Highway KK for children up to the age of 9. The fee for that event is $25.

The Fun

A traditional part of the Plunge is crazy costumes and outlandish antics. Plungers are encouraged to be bold and unique, and oftentimes succeed. Teams have fundraising goals that they attempt to meet, and frequently have themed costumes. The family-friendly event will have a food tent, souvenirs, and lots of pictures.

Additionally, they plan to hold an afterparty at Tan-Tar-A. There will be live music, silent and live auctions, and plenty of food! Plungers get free entry, and guests pay a fee of $10. Special lodging rates are being offered.


To donate, go to give.somo.org. From there you may search for a specific team or individual to support, or you may donate directly to Special Olympics Missouri.

You may mail offline donations to: Special Olympics Missouri, Lake of the Ozarks Polar Plunge, 1001 Diamond Ridge, Suite 800, Jefferson City, MO 65109. Please include your name in the memo line of checks.