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Lake Michigan splash for vets draws crowds

Cold water, cold air, good cause: 200 people go into Lake Michigan to raise money for vets
Posted on May 3, 2014 at 2:22 p.m.

LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) — The wake-up call for about 200 people in northern Michigan was cold — and very wet.

They ran into Lake Michigan, splashed and some even went under water for a good cause Saturday in Ludington. A Mason County fund for veterans hopes to raise at least $30,000.

The Ludington Daily News ( says it started as a stunt 14 years ago but now is a community tradition. The water temperature was below 40 degrees, and the air temperature wasn’t much higher. There was fog, too.

A state lawmaker, Ray Franz, says it took his breath away. Rick Plummer of the veterans fund described Lake Michigan in May as “wonderful, invigorating” — and a “shock.”

Information from: Ludington Daily News,

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