First-ever Big House polar plunge attracts 310 participants and raises $130,000
Courtney Sacco | For AnnArbor.com
The amount raised and turnout of the Feb. 23 event was significantly high for a first-time fundraiser.
"Let's face it. it's the Big House," Purdy said, explaining that just one other plunge in the state is more successful. The Detroit plunge attracts 500 plungers and roughly raises $190,000.
"You have athletic departments raising money for athletes," she said. "That's an incredible, natural partnership."
So natural, in fact, that Michigan State University is thinking of hosting their own polar plunge "to get a little rivalry going" with U-M, Purdy said.
Top fundraising teams include the 22-person 'Team Saline,' which raised $15,235, and the 'Letterwinners M Club,' which was composed of two former U-M student athletes who raised $11,257.
The top two individual fundraisers were Michael Spath, who raised $8,360 and Ryan Bertin, who raised $6,282 and was a member of the Letterwinners M Club.