Polar Plunge Raises Money for Special Olympics

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More than 70 people plunged into West Lake in Davenport on Saturday for the annual Polar Plunge, a fundraiser for the Special Olympics.

Money raised at this event helps cover the cost of sports training and competitions for participants with disabilities.

The water that polar plungers went into was only 42 degrees, but everyone we talked to said the cause was worth the cold.

"All the money that is raised for events like this goes directly to Special Olympics to fund the state games. The athletes aren't charged anything so its what we need to do to get the funding," Sandra Sievert, one polar plunger, said.

Saturday's event marked the 7th year for the Polar Plunge, and the twelve teams brave enough to take part raised about $10,000.

So far this year, Special Olympics Iowa has raised more than $250,000.


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