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Splash & Shiver lives up to its name

March 06, 2013
Despite a wind chill in the low-20s and snow flurries, there were plenty of smiles to go along with chattering teeth Saturday morning at Buffalo Trace Park at Palmyra as 141 people splished and splashed to help raise $13,500 for Blue River Services Inc.

Heather Hall, of Cylicron Engineered Cylinders, proves the “Shiver” part of the event’s name is accurate after getting out of the lake. Photos by Chris Adams
The fourth annual Splash & Shiver featured a cowboy (complete with stick pony), grandmother in search of her lost dog (which really wasn't lost, as it was affixed to her backside), magician and rabbit and others running, walking and tip-toeing into the lake.

"BRS truly appreciates the support of the businesses and organizations in the community that are sponsors of the event," Evelyn McPherson, BRS's director of community relations and fund development, said, noting that $5,550 of the total raised was from sponsorships.

Paul Wise, of Hardinsburg, with $770, raised the most money by an individual, while Boy Scout Troop 412 from Corydon collected $205 to win the award for most money raised by a team. Heather Hall of Cylicron Engineered Cylinders raised $1,400, the most by a company, and Children's Services Department, at $225, raised the most money by a BRS team.

Mark Neff, representing the Crandall Lions Club and dressed as the puppy-seeking grandmother, won the award for best costume. He has participated in every Splash & Shiver.

Saturday's event was the second year for the 5K Run and Walk. Results for the 5K Run are as follows:

Female Division: first place, DeDe Wohlfarth, of Crandall, 25:00; second place, Melissa Nicholson, of Campbellsburg, 25:18; third place, Laurie LeCompte, of Louisville, 26:49.

Hall, left, and Grandma (a.k.a. Mark Neff of the Crandall Lions Club) race into the lake despite the freezing temperatures.
Male Division: first place, Isaac Blackman, of Corydon, 18:26; second place, Collier Smith, of Palmyra, 20:26; third place, Jacob McClanahan, of Corydon, 21:02.

Michael Summers raised $108 to win the 5K Walk award for most money raised by an individual. "For the Health of It" from Floyd Memorial Hospital collected $367 to win the award for most money raised by a team, and the Fiscal Department raised $320 to win the award for most money by a BRS team.

"The Fab 4" team from Salem raised $376 to win the One Mile Walk award for most money by a team, while the Residential Supervised Group Living team raised $506 to win the award for most money by a BRS team.

"Joe Kellum has been a key volunteer in guiding and helping us with the logistics and details of the 5K Race and Walk," McPherson said.

Jim and Sandy Aich from the Lanesville United Methodist Church sang the National Anthem, and Daniel Payton from Riverside Church in Jeffersonville led the prayer before the Splash & Shiver. The Rev. Edith Bleecker from Lanesville United Methodist Church led the prayer before the 5K Run and Walk.

McPherson said the cold temperatures may have affected turnout slightly, but added that she was pleased with how the morning went.

"We did have some folks that pre-registered that did not make it to the event," she said. "We are hopeful they will send us the donations they collected so we can count it towards our fundraising total. Anyone wanting to send in late donations can contact me at the Fund Development office at 738-4196."

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