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Community organizations ready to jump in for Rotary event

The Hudson Rotary Club will host the first St. Croix River Dunk on Saturday, Feb. 17. Participants from area organizations will jump into the St. Croix River at Lakefront Beach, raising money for the rotary and their own causes.

Ten teams are ready to join the Hudson Rotary Clubs in uncharted territory for the first ever St. Croix River Dunk on Saturday, Feb. 17.

More than 60 dunkers will make the dive into the chilly waters to raise money for both rotary and their individual organizations.

For local organizations like the Hudson Police Explorers, it's an opportunity to raise funds for their group.

"The explorer post is strictly operated through fundraising efforts," said leader Sgt. Glen Hartman. "We do this to try to raise funds for the group."

Ten Explorers will be jumping to raise funds to send kids to the national conference. Hartman said he's hoping to get the Explorers excited so they can exceed their goal.

"If we can net a thousand dollars that's great for our team," Hartman said.

River Dunk committee co-chair Kari Rambo said she wants the event to engage the community and foster continued partnership between rotary and community groups.

Michel Tigan, executive director of YMCA Camp Icaghowan, said the group got involved to support the community effort.

"It's really important as a community organization that we come together to support each other," Tigan said.

Camp Icaghowan will be competing with YMCA'S Camp St. Croix to raise the most funds, as an extra incentive.

"To raise more together," Tigan said.

The camp is hoping to have 10 jumpers, all rotarians, raising funds for the organization's annual campaign, which gives camp scholarships to children who would otherwise not have the means to attend.

"I think this is a great opportunity," Tigan said.

For the BRIDGE for Community Life dunk team, supporting the Rotary is a way to repay the support it has received over the years.

"The rotary club was actually our very first donation that really helped get our organization started," said Geena Davis, BRIDGE lead program specialist. "So when we heard,we were really excited to just give back to them."

BRIDGE's seven dunkers are hoping to raise $75 per person, though some are shooting for beyond the hundred dollar mark.

"Everybody has just been really excited to do this," Davis said. "It's a new experience that we're all excited to do together as a team."

Rotary is partnering with the City of Hudson, St. Croix EMS and Dive, and Hudson police and fire. Headquarters on the day of the event will be Pier 500.

Rebecca Mariscal

Rebecca Mariscal joined the Hudson Star Observer as a reporter in 2016. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in communication and journalism. 

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