Published: Tue, February 20, 2018
Business | By Max Garcia

Special Olympics hosts the Polar Plunge at Lambeau Field

Special Olympics hosts the Polar Plunge at Lambeau Field

- More than $158,000 was raised for Special Olympics Minnesota at the Polar Plunge on Prior Lake Saturday morning. Funds from the event go to athletes that compete in the Missouri Special Olympics. This year the Polar Plunge raised more than $127,800.

"We are hoping to be around $430,000 again this year and hoping to be around 1600 plungers". Donations will continue to trickle in over the coming weeks, said Laura Miller, west regional director of Special Olympics Kentucky.

Even though Sig Tau is a contributor, Hoverman said the other Greek organizations often participate as well to help raise money. "I probably would do this over a million times for (Special Olympics athletes)".

Mount Pleasant resident Teresea Kauppi, a regular volunteer at the Special Olympics, came to watch her fiancé Dustin Looman take the plunge. She said this year's jump was a little colder than last year's, when it was about 60 degrees outside.

"It got warmer the farther you went", Fennel said just after the fraternity's plunge.

They were there for the Peel and Holland Polar Plunge, so majority had already planned on getting soaked. "So for us to endure something like this is minuscule compared to what they have to do", said Ramirez.

One by one, ISU students, law enforcement and members of the community jumped into this pool for a good cause.

In addition to being a fun event, Lair said it is also one of the biggest fundraisers for Special Olympics of Kansas.

"It's a great event and it's something you can say you've done". For Hicks and fellow police officers, the event gives them a chance to do more than support a good cause.

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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