Published: Sun, February 04, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Polar Plunge in Fenton raises over $81000 for Special Olympics

Polar Plunge in Fenton raises over $81000 for Special Olympics

Some of them in costumes, people were showing their bravery to support local Special Olympic athletes. "For our inclusion revolution to succeed, we need more rebels, heroes and fighters just like the participants who helped us raise more than a million dollars this weekend". Andy Paulsen organized this year's employee jump - Agropur employees raised $600 for the polar plunge. Wenatchee Police Captain Edgar Reinfeld says the event is one of the biggest fundraisers for Special Olympics throughout the year.

While it does sound insane, Polar Plunges have raised thousands of dollars for special need athletes and helping them compete without spending any of their own money.

To participate, individuals must raise a minimum of $75 ($50 with a student ID) for Special Olympics Indiana, with awards presented to top fundraising teams and individuals.

"The Special Olympics is a good cause for us to donate to", Paulsen. Member and second teacher at Brendel Elementary School in Grand Blanc, Tricia Sawdon, said her team raised over $12,700 for this years Polar Plunge.

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For others like 20-year-old Mott Community College student Kelsey Newcomb's team, it was their first time jumping into the frozen lake.

Special Olympics York County organizes sports programs year-round for athletes with special needs.

"I didn't know it was going to be that cold", Seth Latham said.

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