And that is a Wrap!

The 2022 Grumpy Plunge is in the books. There were an estimated 500-600 enthusiasts in attendance, not just during the plunge, but throughout the day! There were 28 courageous plungers who leaped into the icy Mississippi River.

A special shoutout to the Olmstead County Dive Team, Wabasha Ambulance Crew, and Wabasha City Police who kept our plungers and spectators safe.

Wabasha City Public Works Crew who prepared the site, set the dock, and cut the ice hole did a tremendous job.

The events emcee Kevin Hart with High Point Land Reality and DJ Mike Halverson from West Central Entertainment were phenomenal and kept the crowd engaged!

This fundraiser could not have been possible without the support of the Sponsors. Event Gold Sponsors were: Paul Busch Auto Center, Inc.; WNB Financial; Plaid Productions; Wabasha Chamber; Gwaltney Group Re/Max Results; Wabasha Rubbish Removal; City Of Wabasha; Wabasha Dentistry; Rotary Club of Wabasha; WA Group; Riverboat Lanes; Hoppy Girl Brewing; Ye Olde Butcher Shoppe; California Overland; Ameriprise Financial Dennis Bussian CFP, CHFC; HBC. Event Sliver Sponsors were: Outdoor Ventures; AmericInn of Wabasha; James Anhorn State Farm Insurance; Hill’s Hardware Hank; Quality Propane; AmeriPride; Wild Wings; Edward Jones- Julie Leichtanam; The Anderson House.

The Grumpy Plunge Planning Committee lead by President of the Wabasha Rotary Club Brian Fries, Grand Master Volunteer Coordinator Chelsey Springer; Raffle Basket Extraordinaire Jackie Heins; Financial Guru Jessica Graner; IT Professional Kelly Moore; Communications Specialists Lori Learmont and Lori Glomski; Donations Aficionado Kathy Geraghty; Grumpy Plunge Historian and Longtime Plunger Sharon Burk, and Gophers Peter Quade and Cari McCann.

All worked countless hours behind the scenes to make this fundraiser better each year.  Their hard work and dedication are what makes this a positive safe experience for all those who support and participate in it.  The amazing volunteers from the Wabasha Rotary, Great River Homes, Inc. Board of Directors, and all significant others and friends have been instrumental lending a hand wherever needed in order for this fundraiser to be pulled off. We cannot thank them enough for the support, time, and talents they give us from start to finish.

Those who donated baskets for the raffle gave this plunge the sparkle it needed to be as successful as it was.  This year’s basket and bean bag board raffle brought in more donations than we have ever had in years prior, for this we are forever grateful.

Supportive patrons and spectators give the plungers the energy they need to do what they have committed to doing. Without those cheers of encouragement behind them there may be many who would turn a cheek and leave.  This whole event is themed off of the brave souls willing to experience the breath-taking adventure plunging into the frigid Mississippi River provides each year on the last day of February in Wabasha, MN.  These plungers are truly MN nice, however, when they emerge from the water, they really feel like MN ice. Their exhibitionist spirit in support of the two Non-Profits they plunge on behalf of is nothing short of AMAZING!

There are no words to thank everybody enough for the support given to Great River Homes, Inc. and the Wabasha Rotary Club, this support allows us to serve members of our communities in meaningful ways even in the toughest of times.

See you in 2023 on Saturday February 25th for the 15th Annual Grumpy Plunge it will be better than ever!!!

What makes the Grumpy Plunge so different?

All of the proceeds raised from this event STAY LOCAL!  Benefitting two wonderful Wabasha Nonprofits: Great River Homes, Inc. and Rotary of Wabasha.

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Silver Sponsors