American Legion Community Post 375
Mukwonago, Wisconsin

Mukwonago Times News Article - Friday, Dec 29, 2023 - Vo. 12  No. 38


Polar Bear Plunge 2024 Fundraiser Complete!

On New Year’s Day 2024, American Legion Community Post 375 Mukwonago hosted a Polar Bear Plunge community fundraising event to raise funds for a new cabin at Camp American Legion. On the day of the event, the water temperature was 30.9 degrees Fahrenheit! We had a total of 69 registered Polar Bear Plungers. On the day of the event, we received donations totaling $15,208.22! This amount includes donations received from participants, their sponsors, and the after plunge activities held at Post 375 such as the Meat raffles and $500 raffles. Additional donations have continued to come in since the event and as of 1/11/24 we have received a total of $19,937.32! This was truly a historical fundraising event for Post 375. We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to all those who helped organize, publicize, participate, and raise money for the new cabin at Camp. To our Community, THANK YOU!

WISN Channel 12 ABC

Updated: 5:47 PM CST Jan 1, 2024

Madison Moore   Reporter

MUKWONAGO, Wis. — Brave souls took to the icy waters of the Mukwonago River Monday, jumping into frigid temperatures for a cause on New Year's Day.

The polar plunge doubled as a fundraiser for the American Legion Post 375 to raise $50,000 to rebuild their cabin for veterans in Northern Wisconsin.

"Anything for our veterans. They went through a whole lot worse than we just did," said Judy Carlson who took the plunge.

The cabin is part of Camp American Legion, a week-long, free retreat for Wisconsin residents currently serving in the military or honorably discharged and their families.

The program dates back to 1925 and offers military members a way to relax, rejuvenate, and reconnect with family in the wilderness of Wisconsin.

"They go through rehab, people for PTSD, or if they have physical disabilities, they take them out in pontoon boat rides or boating. They have counselors... It's really it's very a heartwarming place," Steve Plochocki with Post 375 said.

Post 375's cabin was recently torn down because of its old age and now a new duplex cabin is expected to be built this year.