Polar Plunge Raises More than $50,000 in St. Joseph

Published 02/21 2014 10:03AM

Updated 02/21 2014 10:30AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The Special Olympics of Missouri celebrates with cold, hard cash after dozens braved the icy edges of Lake Contrary last weekend.

The annual Polar Plunge raised $56,713 in St. Joseph on Feb. 15.

More then 250 "plungers" took part in the event locally, kicking off the event with a parade of costumes. The water temperature was near freezing the day of the plunge.

The top group, Abby's Too Cool Krewe, brought in $8,679 for the fundraiser. The top individual, Mary Oyler, raised $8,122.37.

The money helps athletes take part in various events all year long through the Special Olympics of Missouri.

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