The artistic talent behind the poster …
Ruth Coughlan was the creator of most of SODE's graphics during the past 10 years. Now retired, she graciously offered to provide her talents for the 2019 official plunge poster!
In her own words: "r Bear is the perennial star of this event, and the new poster features both the bear and the ocean as the iconic elements of the Plunge. My inspiration for the Plunge messaging comes from my daughter, Caitlin, who is a Special Olympics athlete. Caitlin never thought she would get in the freezing water with me, but I dared her to take the Plunge a few years ago, and she did it!
"The message Dare to Be a Bear is a fitting challenge for those who have never taken part in this Delaware tradition, or for anyone who has “cold feet” about taking the Plunge. Through their participation, all new and returning Polar Bears help Special Olympics Delaware provide year-round sports training, competition and leadership opportunities to more than 4,200 Special Olympics athletes of all abilities. It is truly an amazing event for a wonderful cause.”
Note: Bears who raise $500 receive a poster. It also is available for purchase at souvenirs.