By Rosalyn Aquila
Kenyon students will have to wait another year to leap in the name of charity into the Kokosing Rivers chilly water. Citing warm weather, Beer and Sex cancelled their annual Polar Plunge fundraiser this past weekend.
Initially set for Feb. 25, the event was postponed after too low-temperatures made the plunge a safety concern. The Health Center said we could have it second semester, no problem, as long as the temperature was about 32 [degrees]. And that day it was 32, after a streak of being in the 60s in February, so we had to cancel, Beer and Sex Co-President Caroline Black said.
Weather also factored into the cancellation of the second date, which was set for last Saturday, March 24. It was like 80 degrees outside, [and] we realized we wouldnt be able to get people to pay us as a fundraiser to jump into the river, Black said. We just decided as a fundraiser it would no longer be relevant.
In past years, Beer and Sex advisors took donations for the Kno-Ho-Co Ashland Community Action Commission during the plunge itself. Due to the cancellation, however, advisors are donating money solely from their t-shirt sales, which totaled around $350, according to Black. Last year, I think it was something like $800 or $900, Black said. [It is] definitely lower than it has been in the past because we just had a lot of donations at the event.
There are no future plans for another fundraiser this year because the Beer and Sex advisors are now busy reading applications and interviewing applicants for next year. Its sad that we cant raise more money for them, Black said. Well learn next year how to better throw the Polar Plunge second semester.
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