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Steelworkers Take the Plunge for Charity
Posted by Tasha Weiss on March 23, 2011 at 9:43 AM.

Three Gerdau Ameristeel employees from the company’s St. Paul, Minn., steel mill took a dip in the frigid waters of a local lake on March 12 as part of the Polar Bear Plunge, benefiting Special Olympics Minnesota. The company donated $1,500 to support their staff’s participation in the event. With additional help from family, friends, and co-workers, and a contribution of $500 from Steelworkers Local 7263, the team raised more than $3,000.


The mid-teen temperatures and a five below zero wind chill didn’t stop a team with the ultimate inspiration: Sammi Adler, a 19-year-old Special Olympics participant. Adler is the stepdaughter of team member Bob Krippner, union treasurer and a millwright and hydraulic repairman at the mill. The photo shows Krippner and the rest of Team Dorkfish, consisting of three Gerdau Ameristeel employees and their family members taking the plunge.


The Polar Bear Plunge — presented by Minnesota law enforcement as part of the year-round Law Enforcement Torch Run events to benefit Special Olympics — consists of 14 different events that take place across Minnesota during the coldest months of the year. According to the final results posted on the Special Olympics Minnesota Facebook page, the 2011 Polar Bear Plunges raised a record $2.2 million, with nearly 11,000 Plungers at 14 locations.

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