Near the banks of the mighty Mississippi, crazier words may never have been spoken on a New Year's Day.
"It's actually a beautiful day to ski," one unnamed skier uttered.
The water temperatures by some bystanders were estimated to be at 48-50 F. Thirty skiers gathered on Mud Island for the Collierville Ski Club's 36th Annual New Year's Day Ski Freeze.
"It makes me kind of happy, but it's kind of crazy at the same time," Haylie Wallace of Olive Branch, Miss., who was watching the skiers and wake boarders. "It is so cold."
All the money raised for Tuesday's annual event on the Mississippi River goes to benefit The Dream Factory of Memphis. The funds will go to help children like Haylie, a 13-year-old with a Pacemaker and a condition that's hard to pronounce.
"Hyper Disautonomia," she said. "It's a defect that affects my disatonomic decisions."
The annual Ski Freeze will raise about $15,000 to grant three dreams for Mid-South children like Haylie.
"I think they are raising money to help kids who can't have normal every day lives," Haylie said.
Haylie watched in utter amazement as skiers on skis, barefoot skiers and wake boarders took to the water to make her dream of going on a shopping spree come true.
Some of the skiers didn't end their time in the water so gracefully.
Skier Larry Reed made the three-hour drive from Decatur, Ala., to support Haylie and other Dream Factory kids. He's done it year after year and says he'll probably do it again Jan. 1, 2014.
"Oh, I love it," he said. "I believe in helping the kids and everybody that's helping raise funds for them to send them on a good trip."
"I think it's a good way to start off the New Year helping someone that you don't even know," Haylie added.
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