Polar plunge, truck pull are Saturday morning at Margaritaville

OK, so it’s not a belly flop into the frigid water of the Northeast, but Maj. Chris DeBack of the Biloxi Police Department, organizer of this weekend’s Polar Plunge and Truck Pull for Mississippi Special Olympics, says it will be an entertaining challenge nonetheless.

A dozen registrants are scheduled to plunge into an ice-filled three-foot pool that will be set up in front of Margaritaville in east Biloxi Saturday beginning at 8 a.m., and eight-member teams will pull a Biloxi fire truck 25 feet in another part of the fund-raising event.

“It’s the first time we’ve done this in Biloxi, but, make no mistake, it will be a challenge,” said DeBack, who is making a plunge for each $25 donation he receives. “I have two truckloads of ice coming to cool down the water, so it’s going to be cold.”

The Biloxi Police Department has been a supporter of Mississippi Special Olympics for years and helps coordinate a statewide Law Enforcement Torch Run, leading up to the state Summer Games each year at Keesler.

DeBack said the polar plunge and truck pull have already raised nearly $1,300 in pledges, and more can be made through Saturday morning or at the event itself. “For the first year, raising a dollar is great. We want to thank everyone for their continuing support of Mississippi Special Olympics and hope they’ll come out to see this.”
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