Final numbers are in for third Shiver Plunge

Final results are in for the third annual Shiver Elk River event, which attracted nearly 80 jumpers for the Shiver Plunge and raised from then $12,000 for 19 nonprofits.

Plungers collected a minimum of $100 in pledges for their cause before jumping into Lake Orono on Saturday, Feb. 9.

The largest team came from the Land of Lakes Choirboys and included their executive director, prefect and artistic director to raise funds for their own program.

First National Bank of Elk River, with a team of 10, collected pledges for Guardian Angels.

Five teams jumped for the CAER Food Shelf.

The plunge took place on the afternoon of Feb. 9 with temperatures in the upper 20’s. All participants received a T-shirt as part of their registration fee and were able to warm up in a nearby hot tub and warming tents after their jump.

Many teams came in costumes which were reviewed by the judging panel of Dr. Mark Bezek (ISD 728) and Sheriff Joel Brott (Sherburne County).

The following nonprofits will receive checks from the Elk River Chamber for the funds that were raised on their behalf.

•American Heart Association

•Anoka County Humane Society

•Big Lake Food Shelf

•Boys & Girls Club

•Cornerstone Baptist Church


•Children’s Hospital Children’s Foundation

•Elk River Band Boosters

•Elk River Elks Special Olympics Team

•Great River Family Promise

•Guardian Angels

•Heifer International

•Land of Lake Choirboys

•Longville Food Shelf

•MN Northern Lights USPSA

•Rotary Foundation

•Ruff Start Rescue


•Special Olympics

The day started with family games on the ice sponsored by area businesses, a 5K Race with over 60 participants and a chili cook-off featuring two amateurs and seven professionals from local restaurants and delis.

The Elk River Area Chamber of Commerce, founded in 1968, represents more than 350 local businesses.