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Michigan Young Agents: Pledge to Plunge for Ele's Place 2020

By Heather Belanger posted Feb 13, 2020 09:55 PM

Ready to jump!
Ready to jump in!

The Michigan Young Agents have been a busy group thus far in 2020.

Between visiting college classes and high school classrooms and preparing for the upcoming MAIA Conference, a group of passionate Young Agents made the trek to the Sunrise Side of our lovely state to join me as we dipped into the icy waters of Lake Huron to take the Polar Plunge at the 70th Annual Perchville this past weekend. 

The annual festival is held in my hometown of East Tawas each Winter and one of the feature attractions is the Polar Plunge, where a hole is cut into the ice of Lake Huron and hordes of people pay to jump in the water. As a local, it is almost a rite of passage in our small town. 

Since the Young Agents have been fundraising for our chosen charity Ele's Place, I offered up the challenge to see which of our devoted group would be willing to "Pledge to Plunge" as a fun way to raise money in support of our charity. In conjunction with a few crazy co-workers from my office, many stepped up to the challenge!

Over the course of January, we were able to raise almost $1,500 to present to Ele's Place! This only meant one thing: we were jumping in!

On a sunny Saturday afternoon, five brave souls from our group of Young Agents and 2 co-workers as well as the vibrant MAIA Membership Director and Young Agent Liaison Terri Bettinger joined me to honor our commitment as we dove into the frozen lake.

Many thanks to everyone who drove, dove, and donated to such a great cause, I am already looking forward to next year!

Staying Warm Before the Plunge
Keeping warm before the plunge