The third annual Freezin for a Reason charity event took place on Saturday despite the unruly weather.
The event, sponsored by Beaucare Inc., saw various people gather at the West Park Pool in DeRidder to “take the plunge” for their respective nonprofit organization.
An estimated total of $4000 was raised at the event. Heavy rainfall throughout the day did not stop the event from taking place.
“Of course the weather was not ideal and created additional challenges for safety and participation especially for spectators,” said BeauCare Inc. Executive Director Anette Duplechin. “The Beauregard Parish Council on Aging brought some pop-up canopies which allowed the spectators and supporters to be on deck for the plunges. Sunny skies bring out a larger crowd of spectators but there were still 30-40 people there supporting the brave individuals who took the icy plunge.”
Many people took the plunge into the West Park Pool including DeRidder Police Chief John Gott, Brent Rutherford, Brother Jerald Egbert, Heath Hairgrove, Kie McNabb, Andrea Finnerty, Claude Moses, Renea Boutte, and Pastor George Lee Glass, among others.
Despite the weather, approximately 30 people who participated in the event. “Anytime we can gather as a collaborative group and work together for the benefit of all those participating is a success,” Duplechin said.
Several local nonprofit organizations were represented at the event, such as the Beauregard Association of Retarded Citizens (BARC), June Jenkins Women’s Shelter, Soul Soup, BeauCare Inc., Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of West CenLA, BeauCare Headstart, and the Beauregard Parish Council on Aging. The weather created additional challenges for safety and participation, especially for spectators. But it was still as success, said Duplechin.
“The overall spirit of the event was definitely still there and everyone who came enjoyed themselves. The weather gave it an extra edge that everyone just took in stride, said Duplechin. “Those who are supportive of their charities of choice are dedicated to helping regardless of the weather.”