(Versailles, Ind.) - More than $40,343 was raised for Indiana Special Olympics at the Fourth Annual Polar Plunge on Saturday, more than the annual event has raised in any of its previous three years.
The event held at the Versailles State Park boat ramp featured 122 people taking the plunge. Each of them had raised at least $75 in pledges.
The $40,343 raised this year well suprassed organizers’ goal of $37,900 and last year’s total of about $28,000.
Chuck Hagedorn raised the most money for an individual at $7,157. Knights of Columbus District 28 outdid all groups with $10,407.
Other notables in the fundraising included:
-Top Cool School Fundraising Team Middle School Category: Seymour Middle School $2,275
-Top Cool School Fundraising Team Middle School Category: South Ripley High School $931
-Star Student demonstrating above and beyond effort in fundraising: Dylan Groves from South Ripley High School $257
-Top Teacher demonstrating above and beyond effort in fundraising: Jill McIntosh from Seymour Middle School $500
-Overall Top School: South Ripley High School
A new event this year, the Polar Climb 3K Run/Walk through the state park helped raise $2,597 with 55 people participating. Lenny Sams took first place among male runners while Amy Linkel placed first in the women’s division.