The annual Polar Bear Plunge, a fundraiser for Special Olympics Arkansas, has be rescheduled from this Saturday, due to weather concerns.

The Plunge is now set for Feb. 17 in the Pocket Park, 315 E. Main Street.

Each year the Polar Bear Plunge raises funds that allow for sports programs for students with disabilities. Local students who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to participate in traditional sports programs are able to train, and then compete, through Special Olympics Arkansas.

Locals interested in supporting the event by Plunging can register ahead of time, or the day of the event. Participants raise money as a team or as an individual, Plungers are asked to raise $50 from sponsors.

Registration begins at 10 a.m.; awards and plunging are at 11 a.m. Plunging in costume is a popular option.

Updates and more information is available on the Main Street Batesville Facebook page, under the event page “2018 Polar Bear Plunge”.

For more information on representing your church, business, or organization as a Plunger or as a Plunging Team, contact Theresa Book at 870-598-4908 or

Cathy Drew is a life long resident of the region that she loves to promote! As a matter of fact, she was born in Downtown Batesville in the late ’60s in one of the eight counties she now loves to encourage people to visit.
Drew is married to her husband of 27 years, Jeff Drew. Jeff and Cathy have a son, Jonathon (Jon) Drew and his wife Devyn Stewart and can’t leave out her grandson Jase Drew. Of course Drew can’t skip the other part of her family, the pets! Lady Bird (a stray that was welcomed into their home June 2012) and of course Howard – the puppy was compliments of Lady Bird shortly after arrival at the Drew home. They also have Kasha which Cathy inherited when your mother passed in 2016 and they adopted Bullet a stray in November of 2016 and the newest arrival Bullet a stray adopted into the family.

Drew, part of Ozark Gateway Region since 1990 while working at the ad agency (The Media Market Inc.) for the association where she helped produce their annual tabloid publication. She began work as the director of the Ozark Gateway Region June, 2000.