For the last few years, the Polar Plunge has coincided with opening weekend of “Gravity Head” — a beer celebration hosted by the New Albanian Brewing Co. With the help and endorsement of the ownership team, I have been the “designated driver” for the company for the first two nights. I sit around drinking Mr. Pibb and enjoying pizza and breadsticks while others can enjoy their libations with the knowledge that I will get them home safely.
Over the years, I have developed a relationship with a group from Dayton, Ohio, who come down each year. They stay at the Holiday Inn and are happy to make a small donation in exchange for a safe ride home. It is cheaper than what they would pay for a taxi cab and the money all goes for a good cause. I appreciate what they do and would like to thank Patti and Larry and the crew they bring with them.
I believe that everyone should do what they can to support whatever charity they choose. If you can’t donate money, offer them your time or energy and do what you can. Hold a bake sale or have your kids start a lemonade stand, get your friends and neighbors involved and do what you can.
There are many in our community that rely on the giving of others in order to survive. If everyone just give a little something it would make life better for many people.
— Matthew Nash can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org