McKenzie was one envious polar bear.

The designated mascot of this year’s annual Special Olympics Polar Plunge at the Lake Norman Yacht Club sat seated safe and secure surfside watching as in the neighborhood of some 50 plungers took to the water.

Once again this year, as has been the case throughout the affair’s existence, donations will be used to support the Special Olympics Lake Norman organization.

An estimated 50 plungers of all ages and both genders entered Lake Norman earlier this month to help generate another approximately $4,000 for the cause. Donations are still be accepted in hopes of reaching the event’s designated goal of $8,000.

The Mooresville Civitan Club joined rank and file with the Junior Civitan Club at Mooresville High School as co-hosts of the event.

Plungers were met by somewhat agreeable weather conditions for the annual project.

Following registration and check-in by all participants as well as opening remarks and the presenting of safety-related reminders, all active participants in the Polar Plunge entered Lake Norman for the mid-morning dip.

Once again there were no limits in place regarding the amounts of the pledges secured by all the active participants. However, all who were assured of generating $30 or more for their efforts were rewarded with commemorative long-sleeved T-shirts while supplies lasted.

For any still wishing to contribute to the cause, checks can be made payable to the Mooresville Civitan Charitable Foundation and mailed to P.O. Box 1224, Mooresville, N.C., 28115. All donations are fully tax deductible.

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