What’s the craziest thing New Jerseyans have done for charity?
After this weekends Polar Bear Plunge in Seaside Heights, I'd love to know what's the craziest thing you've done for a good cause? You can use the comment section below to tell your story. My wife was Freezin' For A Reason last year at Seaside and I got to witness that massive crowd that turns out every year. I was hanging out with the Big Joe broadcast upstairs at Spicy Cantina and let me tell you pictures don't do it justice. You have to be there to appreciate just how many people turn out for this. This year nearly 7,000 people took the plunge.
My wife has done plenty of other crazy things to raise money for worthy causes, including Tough Mudders and Rugged Maniacs. Tough Mudder raises money for Wounded Warriors, and she's taken part a number of times. If it sounds familiar, yes, this is the one where you scale 25 foot walls, are submerged in freezing cold muddy water, and get electrocuted crawling through a field of dangling wires. You could easily break limbs, cut yourself to ribbons on barbed wire, or worse. There have been deaths reported in Tough Mudders and I always worry about her when she does these things.
I remember wearing a snorkel mask and fins and having to dive into a huge pool filled with lime jello for a charity once. Then there was the ridiculous donkey baseball game I played in. Also to raise money, (and to be honest it's been so long I cannot even remember what the local cause was) you had to play a game of baseball while riding a live donkey. You'd stand and bat like normal, but once you got a hit you had to jump onto your donkey to run the bases. All fielders also had to ride donkeys to chase down the ball. It looked absolutely ludicrous, which of course was the whole idea, and it was a lot of fun. To make it more interesting there were certain donkeys that the company who leased them specifically trained to kick and buck and be more wild than the others. Guess who got stuck with one of those crazed donkeys? Yep, me.
Huge thanks to all our listeners who showed up for the Polar Bear Plunge in Seaside Heights this weekend and helped raise money for Special Olympics New Jersey! For a really cool view of how it looks to join in the Plunge, check out the video of our Plunge Cam below. And if you ever did anything insane to raise money for a good cause, tell us about it in the comment section below!