This past Saturday, February 23rd, LeashLocket had the privilege of being one of the vendors at the 2013 Polar Plunge in Aurora, Colorado. It is the largest one-day fundraiser of the year for Special Olympics Colorado. Over 1,000 participants plunged into the 37-degree water at the Aurora Reservoir. Their frigid efforts raised over $100,520 for this great organization! 

With no federal or state funding, Special Olympics Colorado relies on its fundraising events to support sports programs for intellectually disabled adults and children. In all they offer 22 separate sports throughout the year as well as six state-championship events.

First responders to Aurora’s Century 16 Cinema shooting that killed 12 and wounded 58 back on July 20, 2012 were also honored at the Polar Plunge. These wonderful heroes started arriving 90 seconds after emergency calls went out from Century 16. They continued to work non-stop in the days after the incident. It was a tremendous coordinated effort by over 20 different agencies. Police, fire fighters, EMTs, dispatchers medical staff, ATF, FBI, and DOJ agents were among the many first responders who where honored.

LeashLocket was especially proud when Mim Shea was on hand to accept the award on behalf of the ATF. Not only was she there on the front lines helping out during the tragedy in Aurora, but also on a much lighter note, it was her wonderful dog, Xena, that gave Dave Marshall the idea for LeashLocket.

Thank you so much for your service, Mim and all of the heroes who were represented on Saturday! (You can read the complete story behind Xena on LeashLocket's "About Us" page.)