Quick takes – February 14th

Super event

One of the hottest tickets in town every year returned last weekend as more than 2,000 people took in Super Saturday at Columbus East High School. The 16th annual event was the culmination of the Elementary Basketball League season and crowned the boys and girls championship teams, plus the top cheerleading squad.

The participants represented their schools well through their skills, determination and sportsmanship. And the turnout of students, parents, teachers and volunteers showed how successful the community is at keeping a good thing going.

League and event organizers, players, coaches, volunteers and fans deserve a round of applause for another successful season. They’re all winners.

Solid support against hunger

Bartholomew County food pantries represent an important lifeline for some residents who struggle to secure enough food for nourishment. A fundraiser such as the annual Empty Bowls event plays an important role in meeting a growing need.

Local residents pitched in support in fine fashion again, as the 17th annual Empty Bowls on Jan. 31 netted more than $10,000 for Love Chapel food pantry, Community Center of Hope food bank, Eastside Community Center and Turning Point Domestic Violence Services.

This is a cause worthy of support. For those that did, kudos to you.

Polar Plunge big hit

Jumping into a pool of cold water on a chilly day may sound crazy, but it can be a creative, fun way to raise funds for Special Olympics Indiana. The inaugural Polar Plunge on Feb. 7 outside The Commons on Fourth Street attracted about 60 participants and generated $13,150.

The money helps offset costs for Special Olympics athletes statewide to compete in events such as the Special Olympics Summer Games in Terre Haute.

The plunge, a school challenge and an “After Splash Bash” created a fun time for a good cause. As word spreads, next year’s Polar Plunge in Columbus should make an even bigger splash.