The 12th Annual Polar Plunge on Feb. 13 in Mexico was a splashing success, raising $24,000 to-date.
More than 170 brave men and women from around the area donned costumes and swimwear to take a chilly dip (record-low 8 degrees!) into Kiwanis Lake. Their Reason for Freezin’… the athletes of Special Olympics Missouri!
Online fundraising is still ongoing. Donations can be made at www.somo.org/plunge.
Top fundraisers included the following:
Individual – Sara Kaskus, $1,085
School – Montgomery County High School, $5,825
Competition for the Golden Plunger was steep this year. Participants were encouraged to come in costume and compete for the chance to take home the “golden plunger.”
Gold: Jellyfish from Jefferson City
This year’s event was held in conjunction with the Mexico DPS.
Presenting sponsors included Graf & Sons, The Locals Restaurant, Missouri Military Academy and Knights of Columbus Council No. 3760.
For more information about the Polar Plunge, visit www.somo.org/plunge.
Special Olympics Missouri is a year-round program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
More than 15,000 athletes participate in 21 Olympic-type sports throughout the state. Special Olympics provides people with intellectual disabilities continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience joy as they participate in the sharing of gifts and friendship with their fellow athletes, their family and friends, and communities across Missouri.
Special Olympics Missouri is proud of our financial health returning 83 percent of every dollar back to program services. We are privileged to be recognized with these honors: Better Business Bureau A+ Charity Accreditation, Charity Navigator 3-star rating and Guidestar Gold Level.