Tom Naatz | February 5, 2018
Temperatures in the high 20s do not make for pleasant swimming weather. Nevertheless, community members gathered Saturday to take a dip in St. Joseph’s Lake as part of Badin Hall’s ninth-annual Polar Bear Plunge. The event aims to benefit St. Margaret’s House in South Bend, which helps women and children living in poverty.
Saturday’s event culminated a year of planning, event director and junior Alyssa Cook said.
“This is something you have to think about almost a year in advance,” Cook said. “We started talking with our rector last year … and basically what we said is we want to revamp it.”
Cook said she estimated about 250 people usually participate in this Badin event, which is “not a big percentage of the school.” Cook said she hoped 300 people would participate this year.
“We basically spent the whole year thinking about, ‘What are the ways we can make it a little more revamped?’” Cook said.
The heavy-duty planning for the event began in November, as the directors began contacting the Student Activities Organization (SAO), booking the venue for the event and planning finances. Planning was complicated by several factors, namely that due to study abroad, the three event planners were never present on campus together.
Weather is another potentially complicating factor, event director and sophomore Alicia Cristoforo said.