VALPARAISO | For the second consecutive year, members of Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters (IKORCC) offered their expertise at the Polar Plunge, held on Feb. 15 at Valparaiso University. Proceeds from the event help to support and fund the Special Olympics of Indiana.
Union members arrived before the event’s 1 p.m. start time to build the scaffolding that was used as the plunging dock and the stairs that led to it. Solid Platforms in Portage donated the materials that were used to construct the scaffolding and stairs.
Multiple members from Locals 599, 1005 and 1485 were present the day of the event, and hundreds of Polar Plunge participants and spectators showed up in support of Special Olympics. “I’m always proud of the amazing turn out we get when we do a project to help a great program like Special Olympics,” said Eric Yuhasz, a Business Representative from IKORCC. “Serving the community is the heart of IKORCC, and it shows in the volunteer service of each of the carpenters here today.”
“As a father, being able to use my gifts to benefit the community we live in is a great feeling. And as someone with a special needs sibling, I am especially happy to be helping out Special Olympics,” said carpenter Wolfgang Schwamberger. Carpenter Steve Karban added, “It’s an amazing feeling to contribute even in a small way to celebrate the successes of the people who participate in Special Olympics.”