(Versailles, Ind.) – A fundraiser this past weekend at the Versailles State Park not only raised goosebumps, but also lots of money for Special Olympians.
The 2013 Special Olympics Indiana Polar Plunge saw 129 people take a quick dip into the near-freezing waters at the park’s reservoir on Saturday. Each plunger had to gather at least $75 in pledges to participate. All together, individual plungers generated $3,032.
Groups with multiple plunge-takers brought in larger sums. The Knights of Columbus led all organizations with $2,646 raised. South Ripley High School was a close second with $2,408.
Forty-seven other people who wanted to keep their body temperatures a bit warmer participated in the Polar Climb 5K Run/3K Walk. The race raised $1,830.
Organizers say the event raised a preliminary total of $44,900.
“Funds raised will be used to train local athletes in 21 Olympic-type sports allowing them to compete locally, state and national level at no expense to the athlete,” said Greg Townsend, Polar Plunge Co-Chair and one of those who braved the chilly water.
The local Special Olympics Indiana delegation of Ripley, Ohio, and Dearborn counties currently serves 194 children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
Eagle 99.3 is a proud media sponsor of the Special Olympics Indiana Polar Plunge.