Warm smiles and big hugs helped some of our leapers get through the cold temperatures on Saturday. For some, the Ford Lake Frozen Leap is a fun bucket list item, to others it’s owning up on a lost bet, but for most it’s a way to give back and make a difference in our community - while having an awesome time!
This year Joshua Johnson, representing Squeal Team 6 (Washtenaw County Sheriffs) was our top fundraiser bringing in $1,200! It just so happens that for the second year in a row, the Washtenaw County Sheriffs Office were the top fundraising team! While Squeal Team 6 may have been the largest fundraisers, the Soaking Eagles were easily the biggest…literally. For the second year in a row the EMU Football team showed it’s support for Ypsi by manning a team and taking the leap! This year’s squad included newly appointed Head Coach Chris Creighton and some of his staff. Congratulations and thank you guys and gals for all your hard work and dedication to our event.
We’d also like to recognize our team at The Lake Shore Apartments. What an incredible job their entire team does every year and simply put, the Ford Lake Frozen Leap wouldn’t exist without the hard work and effort from Mike O’lynnger, Jen Radzisewski, Rachel Bouley, Chris Fairbanks and Kat Dickenson and the entire team at the Lake Shore Apartments!
We’d also like to thank some of your partners that donated money, product or time to make this an event a success. Special thanks to Mike Hart, Underground Printing, Buffalo Wild Wings of Ypsilanti, Tower Inn, Noodles & Co, DJ Xten Sive, Matthew Altruda of TreeTown Sounds and Skydive Tecumseh.
A fun fact and what makes the Ford Lake Frozen Leap different than other events like ours is that 100% of our donations (not including Crowdrise/Credit Card processing fees) go to our non-profits. Over $5,000 will go to each one of our partnering non-profits this year. Everyone donates their time and/or product or service. Those things that don’t get donated are purchased independently from the event. So literally every dollar counts and we couldn’t be more proud of our team and those who continue to support us every year!
The Lake Shore Apartments, Pakmode Media + Marketing, Underground Printing, Buffalo Wild Wings, Tower Inn, Washtenaw County Dive Team, Noodles and Co., Eastern Michigan Football, AT&T, Skydive Tecumseh, The Mike Hart Family Foundation, Growing Hope, Ele’s Place, Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars, Tree Town Sound and DJ Xten Sive.