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Great weather for Lee Lake Polar Plunge
This years event raised at least $29,000 for cause

Although the water was plenty brisk, the weather for the 2016 Lee Lake Polar Plunge was about as good as it gets for a late February day in Wisconsin. It was sunny and got to about 50 degrees. The number of plungers totaled 77, including John Pearson, who plunged each of the 16 years this event has taken place: with one team raising $3,500  –  with a company match; one team raising $3,000; one team raising $2,500; one team raising $1,500; and three teams raising over $1,000. The auction, conducted by Donald Seep, raised $6,333 and money was raised with a bake sale. Other activities included many side raffles, a large silent auction, and Bear Hug luminaries purchased in honor of or in memory of loved ones. The plunge took place at 2 p.m., with names of survivors and those who have lost the battle read directly prior. Event coordinator Teri Benning states, “We’ll donate at least $29,000  --  bringing the 16-year total to $257,624. I am so proud of everyone who jumped!”