Don't be afraid to take The Plunge!

Get out there this February and do some Freezin' for a Reason!

Ron Greenbaum, better known as “The Basement Doctor” encourages Central Ohio to join Special Olympics Ohio to do some Freezin’ for a Reason, February 3, 2018 at the 16th annual Columbus Polar Plunge, presented by the Basement Doctor, at the EXPRESS Live!

So how does it work? Participants raise money to earn the privilege of jumping right off the EXPRESS Live! stage and into the frigid waters of the Polar Plunge Pool which will be set up in the “pit” area of the amphitheater’s outdoor performance space. Immediately after an individual or group takes the plunge, they are escorted indoors to a warm dressing room so that they can kick the chill and return to watch the festivities. Before the event, plungers are encouraged to enter the annual Polar Plunge Costume Contest in which prizes are awarded for creativity and overall wackiness.

Anyone afraid to jump into the icy water is invited to register as Too Chicken to Plunge. Chickens are awarded a t-shirt and official permission to NOT Plunge, so regardless of your views on the cold, everyone is welcome to take part in this exciting and important charity event.

Diving in to support our local community is something very familiar to “The Basement Doctor.” Since 1987, Greenbaum and his team have supported many charity organizations, all of which are special. As a home improvement contractor, Greenbaum feels strongly that he should better the community in which his customers live.

"When we become involved with an organization, we not only contribute monetarily, but we also leverage our assets to help generate awareness and encourage participation in fundraising events" says Greenbaum. "The Basement Doctor Cares! Volunteer Program allows our employees to donate their time to causes that are important or personal to them and the company. We are the winner of the 2016 Columbus Business First Corporate Caring Award, and we are truly honored. Giving back is the core of what this company is all about, and we want to provide for the people and institutions that need it most."

The Columbus Polar Plunge is a family-friendly event, and spectators are welcome to come and witness it all, free of charge. There will be activities with the Columbus Blue Jackets and other community partners, so get those bathing suits out of storage and take the plunge for a great cause!

Participants can find more information and register at

Schedule of events for the 2018 Columbus Polar Plunge:

Saturday, February 3, 2018

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Check-In/Registration at EXPRESS Live!

(405 Neil Ave, Columbus, OH 43215)

12:00 p.m.: Polar Plunge Costume Contest

12:30 p.m.: Plunging begins from the EXPRESS Live! stage!

2:00 – 4:00 p.m.: Post-Plunge Party and Awards