Ice chunks in Mon River put kink in Drowned Hogs' 9th annual charity plunge

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PITTSBURGH —

Pittsburgh’s Drowned Hogs’ 9th annual plunge was forced to get creative when ice chunks prevented people from jumping in the Monongahela River.

“This is the first year that we’ve gotten ice and it’s prevented us from actually going into the river. So, we went with plan B and brought the river to us,” said Rich Knouff, one of the participants.

Instead of running into the river, several kiddie pools were set up and buckets of water were dumped on the participants as they stood in the pools.

The purpose of the plunge is to raise money and awareness for Circle C Youth and Family Services, which works with at-risk children in Pittsburgh.

Barb Ginsburg, resource development manager at Circle C Youth and Family Services said this year’s fundraising goal was set at $10,000.