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Chilly plunge warms hearts of employees at Sherwood business


Treske Precision Machining will again participate in this year's Oregon Law Enforcement Polar Plunge, a fundraiser for Special Olympics Oregon

by: COURTESY OF TRESKE PRECISION MACHINING - Employees of Treske Precision Machining of Sherwood emerge from the Columbia River during last year's Polar Plunge. The business plans on participating once again, hoping to raise $4,500 in pledges. Employees and friends of a Sherwood machine shop will be among the 2,000 souls brave enough to take a dip in the Columbia River Feb. 9 to raise money for Special Olympics Oregon.

Treske Precision Machining, 14140 Southwest Galbreath Drive, is hoping to have up to 35 coldwater aficionados show up for this year’s Oregon Law Enforcement Polar Plunge.

Theresa Davis, a team captain for the company, which manufactures precision machine parts, welded frames and integrated assemblies, is coordinating the local effort that attracted 31 employees last year who went partially or completely into the water at Broughton Beach on the north side of Portland International Airport.

by: COURTESY OF TRESKE PRECISION MACHINING - The team of Treske Precision Machining headed to the chilly waters of the Columbia River last year with gusto.Davis said the endeavor proved to be cold but other than that, “It was actually a lot of fun.”

While Davis said she only went in to her knees, company president Theo Treske immersed himself completely in the icy waters, she said.

And the reward for employees who braved the chilly temperatures?

“We had a hot tub set up in (our) truck,” Davis said.

by: COURTESY OF TRESKE PRECISION MACHINING - A portable hot tub made the chilly day a little more comfortable for employees at Treske Precision Machining during last year's Oregon Law Enforcement Polar Plunge. Now each company participant is trying to raise a minimum of $50 in pledges. Polar Plungers can participate as individuals or recruit a group. Anyone interested in making a pledge to the Sherwood team can contact Davis at 503-625-2821 or Click here to donate.

Presented by Fred Meyer, the annual event is expected to raise more than half a million dollars for athletes with intellectual disabilities.

For more information on the Polar Plunge, visit SOOR.org.

— Ray Pitz