The Village of Homewood is hosting the now annual “Mayor’s Arctic Dip” from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1, on Martin Square and at the Homewood Science Center, 18022 Dixie Highway.
The event honors Mayor Richard Hofeld’s 2017 rescue from a frozen pond after saving his dog, Annie, from the icy water.
Two swimming pools will be in Martin Avenue Square for participants to take a dip and then warm up in the science center. For those taking the plunge registration is $25, which includes a warm beverage and Aurelio’s pizza. For $15, spectators can enjoy a beverage and Aurelio’s pizza.
Proceeds for this event go to the Homewood-Flossmoor Chronicle in support of its Reporter Supporter Project to help cover costs essential to fair and unbiased journalism. For information and to register, visit eventbrite.com.
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Hofeld broke through the ice at a local pond in the Izaak Walton Preserve on Dec. 10, 2017, while attempting to rescue the family dog from the icy waters. He was in the water for 20 minutes before being rescued. Both he and his dog Annie made a full recovery.
For the “Mayor’s Arctic Dip” all participants receive a magnet, age-appropriate beverage and pizza. Hot chocolate will be provided by Redbird Cafe, Aurelio’s will provide pizza, and Bite Me Bakery will provide cookie bars.
Participants must be 48 inches tall. Those under 18 years old require a guardian’s signature on a waiver and must be accompanied by the guardian at the time of the event.
Participants should bring a robe, towel and a change of clothing.