Hudson Physicians Participates in St. Croix River Dunk
Inspired by similar events held by other organizations, The Hudson Rotary Club sponsored their first ever St. Croix River Dunk in Hudson on Saturday, Feb. 17. Over 60 dunkers form ten teams, including a team representing Hudson Physicians Community Charitable Fund, made the plunge into the cold, icy waters of the St. Croix River to raise money for both The Hudson Rotary Club and their organizations.
The event took place at Lakefront Beach and included music and a Master of Ceremonies, as well as warming tents to take the chill off. With the official headquarters at Pier 500, The Hudson Rotary Club partnered with St. Croix EMS, Hudson Police Department, and the St. Croix EMS Dive Team to ensure the safety of all participants.
River Dunk committee co-chair Kari Rambo stated that their organization sponsored the event as a new way to encourage philanthropy in the community. The event serves as a creative solution to maintain funding levels the club had previously given and to help other charitable organizations in the area raise funds.
Organizations that participated enlisted team members willing to brave the frigid waters, who raised money through sponsors, then plunged through the ice. Individual divers made the plunge in a variety of exotic costumes and attire, including a clown, a group of women representing the First Baptist Church wearing their Sunday dresses, and, representing Hudson Physicians Community Charitable Fund, Dr(s) Greg Young, Lincoln Likness, Carrie Jacobson, Katie Doyle, Diana James and Cana Jacko all participated in their daily work scrubs.
The Hudson Rotary Club plans to make the St. Croix River Dunk an annual event which will grow each year and strengthen the commitment the club has in the areas nonprofits as well as our nonprofits commitment to the Rotary. The event is an exceptional way to raise funds and awareness for all organizations involved.