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Col. Darren James (left), commander of Vance Air Force Base's 71st Flying Training Wing, and retired Master Sgt. John Ward brave the icy water at Crosslin Park Lake during the Warren Edds Memorial Civitan Chiller Challenge last year. The event, which will be Saturday, is a fundraiser for Special Olympics in Enid. (Staff File Photo by BONNIE VCULEK)

Participants will take the plunge for charity Saturday during the annual Warren Edds Memorial Civitan Chiller Challenge at Crosslin Park lake.

Final registration for the event will be 8 a.m., along with a breakfast of cinnamon rolls and breakfast sandwiches. Costume judging will begin at 9 a.m., and the plunge into the lake will be at 9:15 a.m. Registration and breakfast will be at Awaken the Fire Church, 3320 N. Van Buren.

There also is a 5K run planned.

“We’re going to run around the lake, make a splash and get out as quickly as possible,” said Larry Brummal, co-chairman of the event.

Money raised will go to Special Olympics athletes and the track and field event held yearly at Vance Air Force Base.

Participants get donations from sponsors. This year, there are two challenges, as well. Eric Brunken, training manager at AdvancePierre Foods, and Tammy Wilson, city commissioner, will dress up for the costume contest and plunge into the lake if $1,000 is raised in their names.

State Rep. Mike Jackson will judge the costume contest.

“I’ve been involved in this event for six years,” he said. “We’ve had ice cubes, superheroes, ‘The Housewives of Vance Air Force Base,’ mermaids, Trojan warriors, the band KISS, leprechauns, Drummond cheerleaders, Moses and other celebrities running in the event.”

Warm changing stations will be provided at the church for participants.

Sponsors are Yes We Can Civitan Club, Tinker Federal Credit Union, Integris Bass Baptist Health Center, Awaken the Fire Church, Ward Petroleum, KOFM, Southside Recycling, Bass Construction, Mazzio’s, Papa Johns Pizza, Pizza Hut, KFC, Buffalo Wild Wings, United Supermarkets, Jumbo Foods, Cafe Garcia, Starbucks, Raymie’s Restaurant, Chilis, Western Sizzlin’, Wings To Go, Northcutt Chevrolet, El Chico, Life EMS, McDonald’s, the Wooden Nickel, Boomerang’s and Applebees.

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