Source: The Corydon Democrat

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'Splash & Shiver'
Annual fundraiser nets $9,500 for Blue River Services

by Leslie Radcliff

March 04, 2014

Mary Jane Hochstetler takes a splash in Buffalo Trace Park lake Saturday morning as part of the annual Splash & Shiver for Blue River fundraiser event. Photos by Leslie Radcliff
Izaya Sturgeon gets a hand from a diver positioned in the lake after taking the plunge.
The annual Splash & Shiver for Blue River and the 5k Walk and Run events took place Saturday at Buffalo Trace Park near Palmyra. The events are a fundraiser for Blue River Services Inc. This year, with the support of the individuals, organizations and businesses, the event was able to raise $9,500.

Jacob McClanahan of Corydon raised $750 to win the Splash & Shiver for Blue River award for the most money collected by an individual, the Happy Feet Family Team tallied $175 to win the award for most money raised by a team and Salem Crossing donated $250 to win the award for most money raised by a company.

Dressing up for the dive is half of the fun, and the Best Costume award went to the Salem Crossing team, which dressed as characters from the award-winning Disney movie "Frozen."

The national anthem was sung by Jim and Sandy Aich from Lanesville United Methodist Church, and the opening prayer was given by Mary Jane Hochstetler, who also plunged as part of the Happy Feet Family Team.

This was the third year for the 5k Walk and Run to be added to the festivities.

Ninety-seven participants and 35 volunteers came out to help support the mission of Blue River Services.

Results of the 5k Walk and Run were as follows:

First-place female division, with a time of 23:32 minutes, was Greta Sparks, of Corydon; second-place female division, with a time of 25:46 minutes, was Katie Broom, also of Corydon; third-place female division, with a time of 26:38 minutes, was Melissa Nicholson, of Campbellsburg.

Isaac Blackman of Lanesville bested his last year's time of 18:26 to win first place in the male division for the second year in a row with a time of 18:11 minutes; second-place male division, with a time of 19:15 minutes, was Nathan Broom, of Corydon; third-place male division, with a time of 19:22 minutes, was Vince Cecil, of Lanesville.

Jeff Fredricks raised $50 to win the 5k Walk award for most money by an individual, Arbor House Bed & Breakfast raised $70 to win the award for most money by a team and Kevin's Waddle & Walk Team raised $180 to win the award for most money raised by a Blue River Services team.

Merry Lemmel raised $100 to win the One Mile Walk award for most money by an individual, Lanesville United Methodist Church raised $322 to win the award for most money by a team and Rainbow's End Child Care team from Corydon raised $230 to win the award for most money by a Blue River Services team.