Friends of the Shawnee National Forest Board Member, Patrick Jones, gave the count down for nine brave souls to take the plunge in Pounds Hollow Lake. Pictured left to right are: Nathan Thomas, Joe Kassebaum, Mary McGregor-Dale, Aur Beck, Logan Lawrence, Scott Riley, Steve Melville, Hazel James, and Trisha Morelli. — Jennifer Lane photos
Scott Riley, with the Equality Fire Department and Logan Lawrence with Team Tinkerbell stayed in the water the longest, around 15 minutes. They won Friends of the Shawnee National Forest t-shirts.
Logan Lawrence and Mary McGregor-Dale, of Team Tinkerbell, raised the most money for a team, $136.
By Jennifer Lane
Members of the Friends of the Shawnee National Forest held their first ever Shawnee Polar Plunge last Saturday at Pounds Hollow Lake in the Shawnee National Forest. The event benefited both the Friends of the Shawnee National Forest and the Equality Fire Department, raising $610.
Thankfully for the nine participants who braved the cold water, the air temperature was in the mid-70s and the water temperature was in the mid-50s. Still, participants came out of the water breathless and red-skinned. Most plunged in and came out right away. Some went under, while others only emerged into the water up to their knees.
Trisha Morelli and Hazel James, age 6, stayed in for an extended time. Trisha even swam to the boundary ropes and back. Scott Riley with the Equality Fire Department and Logan Lawrence with Team Tinkerbell stayed in for the longest, about 15 minutes. They both won Friends of the Shawnee National Forest t-shirts for their endurance.
Mary McGregor-Dale and Logan Lawrence of Team Tinkerbell won a $150 gift certificate to the Rim Rock Dogwood Cabins for raising the most money, $136.
For more information about next year’s event visit https://www.shawneefriends.org/ or visit Friends of the Shawnee National Forest on Facebook.
Visit the Hardin County Facebook page and look under Photos and Albums for all the pictures from the day.