Gateway Springfield Takes Polar Plunge

Gateway Foundation Springfield Polar Plunge

Front (kneeling): Tammy Kmett
Front row (l to r): Lisa Kelber, Heather West, Mercedes Kent, Brittany Thomas-Ottino, Hayle Wendling, Amie Woods, Clairice Kiley, Amanda Leasman and George Campbell.
Back row (l to r): Chris Greenhalge, Jan Ruby, Jo Paul Jones, Tyrone Wilkins, Steve Vaughn, Rhonda Taylor, Dyanna Behrends, Thomas Sipes and Maddie McGuire.

The team of substance abuse counselors and professionals at Gateway Foundation Springfield joined together to support a special cause on Feb. 23, 2013, taking the Polar Plunge into Lake Springfield to raise $1,946 for the Special Olympics of Sangamon, Menard, Macoupin and Morgan counties.

“When our Clinical Psychologist and Program Director Dr. Brittany Thomas-Ottino announced that she would take the plunge if 15 others would join her, everything snowballed from there,” explains Gateway Foundation Administrative Assistant and Polar Plunge participant Tammy Kmett. “We rallied together a19-member team, and our Executive Director Kerry Henry was generous enough to donate team t-shirts.”

The chilly, 30-degree morning began with the Springfield Fire Department breaking ice from portions of the lake in order for the plunge to take place. All 19 members of the team did indeed take the plunge for Special Olympics, and many are eager to do it all over again next year.

“While the temperatures were freezing and there was ice floating all around us, we had an experience that we will most definitely talk about for days to come,” says Ms. Kmett.

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