Community Involvement

CDCR/CCHCS team to plunge into Lake Tahoe March 28, more teams at Fresno March 14

Men and women in costume stand with towels on a snow-covered beach.
Polar Plunge at South Lake Tahoe will be March 28. Fresno's Millerton Lake Plunge is March 14. (CDCR file photo.)

The CDCR Headquarters/CCHCS combo fundraising team, dubbed Freezin’ for a Reason, will plunge into the chilly waters of South Lake Tahoe March 28 to benefit Special Olympics athletes. It’s one more example of CDCR’s community involvement.

“Join us as we Plunge for Special Olympics to encourage inclusion through sports and change the way that people think about and treat individuals with intellectual disabilities. Funds raised from the South Lake Tahoe Polar Plunge help us continue to generate change in our communities and enhance the lives of our athletes and their families,” according to the team’s website. “Yes it takes a lot of guts into jump in chilly waters in the middle of winter, but we’re crazy enough to do it. Are you? You can dip your big toe or your whole body, it is completely up to you.”

According to the team, there are other ways to help raise funds even if you don’t want to get wet.

“If Plunging is an unbearable thought to you, register as a chicken. You can still be a part of our team and enjoy all the fun, but stay dry on land,” according to the team site. “Everyone must raise or pay a minimum of $125 and will receive a Polar Plunge long sleeved T-shirt and free admittance to the Post-Splash Bash including lunch, awards and more.”

The team is accepting donations. Learn more at their team site.

More CDCR community involvement

Avenal State Prison will plunge March 14 at Millerton Lake as part of the Fresno Polar Plunge. The prison currently holds the top fundraising spot for the event. Learn more about the Avenal State Prison team.

Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF) has a slate of fundraisers happening in the coming weeks.

  • CCWF will participate in the Polar Plunge on March 14 at Millerton Lake in Fresno. Sign ups and donations are ongoing. There will also be an upcoming silent auction is scheduled to take place at CCWF during the first week of March. Proceeds will go between Special Olympics and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
  • Bowl for Kids Sake, March 22, Fresno. Fundraising going on to include bragging rights between Valley State Prison (VSP) and CCWF for top fundraising.
  • Fifth annual Support Blue Fresno Police Department Law Enforcement run is Feb. 29. It’s the largest law enforcement run in the Central Valley, according to organizers. Top honors for largest group of participants is honored. The race is almost sold out and CDCR is tied for Top Honor.