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Lake Martin Young Professionals set to host Third Annual Polar Plunge


ALEXANDER CITY, Ala. – The Lake Martin Young Professionals organization is hosting the 3rd Annual LMYP Polar Plunge on Saturday, Jan. 13th at Kowaliga Restaurant on Lake Martin in support of the Lake Martin Resource Association (LMRA). The event combines live music, tasty food, and brave participants dashing into the cold waters of Lake Martin to serve as a fundraiser for LMRA, a member-supported, non-profit dedicated to the cleanliness, safety and preservation of Lake Martin and the adjacent areas.

The event has raised over $8,000 in its first two years which LMRA has used to fund the purchase and installation of lighted buoys to make for safer nighttime navigation of Lake Martin.

“We’re excited to bring the Polar Plunge back to Kowaliga Restaurant for the third-straight year and again support the Lake Martin Resource Association,” said LMYP President, Emily McDaniel.  “The event has grown to become one that people really look forward to. It’s fun, sort of unique and supports a great organization (LMRA) that does tremendous work for Lake Martin in keeping it clean, safe and prosperous. The partnership with LMRA is one of the driving forces for the support that turns out for the event, and Kowaliga Restaurant provides a great atmosphere for a really run time.”

Tickets for the event are $20, which includes four food tickets to be used at Kowaliga’s special menu Polar Plunge food stations. Kids under the age of 8 get in free. In addition to a delicious selection of food, there will also be live music from Dallas Dorsey & The Rails, a costume contest and a “Dash for the Cash”.

Doors open at 10:00 a.m. and registration for the Plunge lasts until 11:45 a.m. The Plunge takes place at 12:00 p.m. which will be immediately followed by the Dash for the Cash where participants race out to a buoy and back the shore for the chance at a $100 cash prize. Another $100 cash prize will be awarded for the best costume in the Polar Plunge Costume Contest.

Adding to the fun for the event is the Polar Plunge Photo Booth. Expect a polar marine experience complete with fun props, Snapchat filters and everything necessary for a memorable picture. Dallas Dorsey and The Rails will play their mix of country music, southern rock and Americana tunes from 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Men’s and women’s dressing rooms are available as soon as participants exit the frigid waters to dry off and change clothes.  Tickets will be available at the door or can be purchased in advance online at (search LMYP Polar Plunge). Polar Plunge tee shirts will also be available on the day of ($10 if you take the plunge, $20 if you don’t).

The 2018 LMYP Polar Plunge is presented by USAmeriBank and hosted at Kowaliga Restaurant. Other sponsors include Brian E. Dix, M.D., Dark Insurance Agency, Lake Martin Dock Company (Gold Sponsors), Central Alabama Community College, GCI Design, Russell Medical – Total Healthcare, SDM Inc., Steve Robinson – Tallapoosa County Commissioner (Silver Sponsors), Ballard Construction (Dash for the Cash Sponsor), Russell Marine (Photo Booth Sponsor), Tallapoosa Publishers (Entertainment Sponsor), Zajac’s Auto Collision (Dressing Room Sponsor), Lake Martin Realty (Registration Sponsor) and David Willis, Raymond James Financial Advisor (Costume Contest Sponsor).

More information can be found at or by contacting the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce at (256)234-3461. Promotional material including a short video, photographs from last year’s event and posters are available here via Dropbox.

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