Wayne County residents will take the plunge next month to raise money for cancer survivors and the arts.
Plunge for the Colors, a fundraiser for Southeastern Cancer Care and the Arts Council of Wayne County, will be held Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. to noon at Cliffs of the Neuse State Park at the swim lake.
There will be various activities, including face painting and a craft by a park ranger. There will also be a food truck.
About 11:15 a.m., Dr. Samer Kasbari with Southeastern Medical Oncology Center, and a representative from Wayne UNC Health Care, will speak. There will also be a short motivational talk by a local cancer survivor.
At noon, there will be a countdown, and participants will run into the cold waters of the Cliffs swim lake.
“Plunge for the Colors is a play off of two events that have been held in the community in the past — Cures for the Colors and the Pink Plunge that the Arts Council held,” said Arts Council interim director Georgia Dees.
The Pink Plunge was scheduled for this past October, but the hurricane hit and it had to be postponed to February of this year.
“We decided since it’s not in October (Breast Cancer Awareness Month), let’s cover all cancers because it’s not just breast cancer,” Dees said. “That’s how we came up with Plunge for the Colors.”
Dees said the main thing right now is to get teams to participate in the event. Anyone wanting to have a team should call the Arts Council at 919-736-3300 or stop by the office at 102 N. John St. Packets with rosters, pledge sheets and other information are available.
Dees said if an individual wants to participate without being on a team, that’s OK.
Participants will go out and collect pledges for Plunge for the Colors.
“I would also encourage teams to have their own fundraisers before the event,” Dees said. “And we’re hoping some groups will challenge other groups, let’s get a challenge going. A Scout group could challenge another Scout troop. A church could challenge another church. We could have a school group challenge.”
All ages can participate in the event. But pets are not allowed. There is no registration fee.
There will be prizes for best costumes, most spirited, largest team and team raising the most money.
When the Pink Plunge was held in 2017, it was during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so everybody dressed in pink.
“Now since it’s all cancers, they can pick any colors they want to wear,” Dees said. “People can get really creative with it.”
The Pink Plunge raised close to $4,000. Dees is hoping to go over that amount this year, even to the point of doubling it. Between 75 and 100 people participated in the Pink Plunge.
“You’re raising money for two really good causes,” she said. “Money for Southeastern Cancer Care goes directly to help those patients with things like transportation to appointments or anything they really need. For the Arts Council, we’ll use funds to expand programming, which benefits everybody in the community. We’re trying to add new things.
“And Plunge for the Colors will be a lot of fun.”