Polar Plunge Attracts Highest Turnout Ever

7 years 4 weeks 22 hours ago Saturday, February 18 2012 Feb 18, 2012 Saturday, February 18, 2012 8:16:00 PM CST February 18, 2012 in News
By: Danielle McCarthy
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COLUMBIA - Forty degree temperatures did not stop this year's Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics Missouri from attracting its largest turnout ever Saturday. More than 430 people braved the ice cold waters of Stephens Lake. Together, they raised $61,405.

However, Central Area Director for Special Olympics Missouri Diane Brimer said the total is not final yet. She said the organization has not finished adding up the online donations and that more donations will continue to roll in through March. Brimer said Special Olympics Missouri's goal is to have raised $72,000 by the end of March.

One team participating, the Preston Superheroes, said it had more than one cause to take the plunge for. They jumped into the water in memory of Preston Sights.  Sights died of cancer last year and was a Special Olympics Missouri supporter. He had particiapted in the first three Polar Bear Plunges in Columbia.  One of the team's members said Sights was a selfless and caring person.

Last year, about 400 people participated in the event and raised more than $60,000.

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