March 7, 2020: The annual Polar Plunge event to raise money for Minnesota's Special Olympics was held at Breezy Point, MN. Some 170 brave souls jumped into the icy water of Pelican lake in this effort. The Brainerd Area Lakers were sponsored by the Brainerd VFW. Bergen Hanson, daughter of Brainerd VFW members Chuck and Karen Hanson, was the star of the show. She proudly showed off the traveling trophy for the best team costume contest. Bergen is seen in an orange outfit with the rest of the team. She jumped as well. $73,428 was raised that day in this charity event.
Saturday, March 2, 2019: Brainerd VFW Post 1647 participated in the annual Polar Plunge at Breezy Point, MN. The event raised money to help Special Olympics Minnesota. There was a costume judging contest, which was won by the VFW last year. Brainerd VFW Gambling Manager Chuck Hanson was the oldest participant at age 73. He and others from the post jumped in the near-freezing water of Pelican lake in this fund raiser. The Brainerd VFW team raised $5000 for Special Olympics.
March 3, 2018: The annual Polar Plunge to raise money for Special Olympics Minnesota was held at the Breezy Point Resort. The Brainerd VFW has been a big sponsor of the event and won the best costume competition the previous two years. This time they were dressed in Black as the Addams Family. The Walmart team was judged best costume this year with their red cone hats. Plungers raise money for this charity by diving into icy water. The last photos in this gallery show Brainerd VFW Gambling Manager Chuck Hanson and his daughter Bergen. Every year they say it is their last, but every year they are back for another dunking in 33 degree water. That's dedication! Some 326 plungers raised over $74,000 for Special Olympics Minnesota this year.