Published: Tue, February 20, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

More than a thousand participate in Oshkosh Polar Plunge

More than a thousand participate in Oshkosh Polar Plunge

Undaunted by the freezing cold waters of a local lake in February, Mia VandenBorn of Batavia is about to take a plunge for a second year to raise funds for Special Olympics.

This year the group of Vigo County teachers and administrators raised more than 8,500 dollars this plunge.

Each team of polar plungers raised money for Special Olympics of Kansas, securing pledges before they plunged. Plungers tell us that not only is the event fun, but it's also rewarding to raise money for the Special Olympics athletes.

The day that many people have been waiting for finally happened, the 2018 Polar Plunge in Duluth.

The day will begin with a free breakfast at the VFW Post on Folsom Street starting at 7 a.m.

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That's right I was honored to be emceed for the event.

She said she submerged completely a year ago at Loon Lake in Silver Springs State Park in Yorkville and plans to repeat the feat March 4. First, they won best group costumes and then they claimed the trophy for top fundraising team.

"We've seen many examples of people, who were basically left watching sports on television, and now they participate two or three times at world games - snow shoes, or alpine ski in Austria last spring", said Daniel Granger, chair of the Quebec Special Olympics. "This year, little Miss Mia is going to be plunging with me and six of our Special Olympics athletes". "I thought I'd make it a final, unbelievable event (this year) and we got a Spiny Cape Shark from North Carolina shipped in just in time".

Chuck Williams of the Murray-Calloway County Rockets raised the most money, bringing in $5,295. Jennifer Westbrook of the Murray Independent Ice Breakers came in third with $1,413.

Prizes will be given for the top individual fundraiser and for the top fundraising teams in corporate/civic, school and law enforcement divisions.

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