Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Webster

Muhlenberg 4-H Penguin Plunge Splashes Up Record Cash

penguinplunge1 - CopyCENTRAL CITY, Ky. (2/24/14) What would bring well over one hundred Muhlenberg county residents to the Central City Fitness Center's outdoor pool on a late winter day?

The 4-H Penguin Plunge!

This annual event helps provide the county's more than 600 eligible low-income children with backpacks full of healthy food to get them through each weekend.

Last year over 500 children qualified for the program.

The good news is Muhlenberg county residents stepped up to the ledge, and took the plunge to help feed those in need.

There were soaking wet clowns and cows, caped crusaders... and even local pharmacy chain owner Ron Poole as The Bachelor's Juan Pablo Poole.

penguinplunge3 - Copy

When all the belly flops were over, the participants splashed up a final total of $11,230.28, according to Mackenize Pogue, Muhlenberg County Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development.

Area churches, businesses, civic groups and area students all joined together for the cause.

Muhlenberg County Sheriff Curtis McGehee served as one of the three judges.

penguinplunge2 - Copy

"It's encouraging to see this many people come out and take part in such a worthy cause. This is what being a part of Muhlenberg County is all about.. helping those in need," McGehee said.

Central City Mayor Barry Shaver was also on hand to help judge the Penguin Plungers, and getting splashed occasionally for a great cause.

"This is probably one of the most important yearly events we have in the county. They say it's good to give until it hurts. But the people of Muhlenberg County always give until it feels goods. It makes me proud to be a part of Muhlenberg County," Shaver said.

penguinplunge4

Muhlenberg County Circuit Court Clerk Cameron Laycock was judge number three, and didn't mind getting a little wet from some cannonball divers.

"It's all in good fun, but it's such an important cause. I can't think of a more important issue than for the residents to work together to help feed hungry children," Laycock said.

The Muhlenberg County 4-H Teen Club has focused on the "Food for Kids Backpack" program for over a decade.

The plunge accepts donations to participate and all proceeds go directly to their backpack program, according to Pogue.

You don't have to get wet to help.

To donation to the "Food for Kids Backpack" program, contact:

UK Extension Office
3690 State Route 1380, (off the 189 bypass in Central City).

Paul McRee
SurfKY News
Photos by Paul McRee

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

button coupons
button classifieds

In Other News...

Kyndle Executives Named to State Board Positions

HENDERSON, Ky. (12/18/14) — Kyndle CEO Brad Schneider and Kyndle Vice President of Economic Development Donna Crooks,… Read More

Harney-Led Lady Mustangs Top Ohio County

GREENVILLE, Ky. (12/17/14) — Freshman guard Bailee Harney poured in a game-high 28 points to lead Muhlenberg County… Read More

Most Read This Week

December 16, 2014 9379

Coal Miner Fatally Injured in Underground Mining…

in Top News For All Sites by Dick Brown
December 14, 2014 8412

Muhlenberg Pays Homage to U.S. Armed Forces

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
December 12, 2014 8006

Man Allegedly Threatening Medical Staff with…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Wes Miller
December 17, 2014 6240

Elderly Couple Found Shot to Death in Muhlenberg

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Trooper Stu Recke
December 17, 2014 6177

Three Men Charged with Burglary

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
December 15, 2014 4789

Hopkins County Woman Charged Second Time in Two…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
December 12, 2014 4730

Man Allegedly Hits Brother with Pickup Truck…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Wesley Miller
December 15, 2014 4279

Woman Leads Police on High-Speed Chase in Stolen…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police
December 12, 2014 3791

Man Accused of Public Intoxication, Stealing…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
December 15, 2014 3274

Vehicle Careens down 150 Foot Embankment with…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department

Stories Trending Today

December 17, 2014 6240

Elderly Couple Found Shot to Death in Muhlenberg

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Trooper Stu Recke
December 17, 2014 6177

Three Men Charged with Burglary

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
December 18, 2014 2328

Cat Scratching over Dog Ownership Escalates

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News
December 17, 2014 2204

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - Dec. 17, 2014

in Hopkins News by Madisonville Police Department
December 17, 2014 1788

KSP Charges Grayson County Man with Crimes…

in General News For All Sites by Sherry H. Bray
December 17, 2014 1645

Harney-Led Lady Mustangs Top Ohio County

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Steve LeMaster
December 17, 2014 1599

KYTC Announces Winners of 2014 Adopt-a-Highway…

in General News For All Sites by Lisa Tolliver
December 17, 2014 1556

Mustangs Earn District Win over Ohio County

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Steve LeMaster
December 17, 2014 1353

Princeton Road Drug Investigation Results in…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
December 17, 2014 990

Change to Holiday Schedule for LBL Administrative…

in Local (Lakes) Top News by Land Between The Lakes

SurfKY News Group, Inc.
Corporate Office & Studio
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431
270.452.2727 (phone)
  •  270.452.2249 (fax)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social fbsocial twsocial yt
social gpsocial flrsocial rss