Because of the lack of ice at Lake Winona, this year’s Saint Mary’s University Cardinal Plunge is being held at the university’s Jul Gernes Pool Sunday, Feb. 12.

Each year the Cardinal Plunge, sponsored by the Saint Mary’s Future Alumni Committee, raises funds for a good cause within the university community. This year proceeds will be given to Jack Cassidy, the 3-year-old son of Saint Mary’s head women’s soccer coach, Neil Cassidy of Rochester.

Last year the family discovered that Jack had a tumor on his jaw and he was diagnosed with Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH). Jack underwent treatment involving chemotherapy and steroid injections. The money raised will be used to help the family with medical expenses and to acquire additional toys for the pediatric floor at Mayo.

Registration for the eighth annual Cardinal Plunge will run 1 to 2 p.m.; jumping and events will run 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.; and the silent auction will be held from 1 to 3 p.m.

To learn more about the 2017 Cardinal Plunge, to make an online gift to the Cassidy family, or to pre-register to plunge, visit The cost for the general public is $20 per person.

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