Frigid Fun

Stephanie Gomes
Leslie Babcock, 43, of Dunlap hurries out of the water New Year's Day at the Polar Ice Plunge. Following behind her are her son, David Babcock, 16 and husband Ed Babcock, 43.
Babcock said they did the plunge as a team building activity. "One time, and we're done," she said. "We'll have to get our thrills elsewhere."

People from all over Central Illinois participated in the ninth annual Polar Ice Plunge on New Year's Day at the East Peoria Boat Club. Since the start of the plunge, they have donated over $56,000 to local children charities.