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Bare to bear: Freeze for a cause at the Polar Plunge

blog by Morgan Culhane  • 

Want to help fund an athlete to participate in the New York Special Olympics?

The Special Olympics New York has over 61,000 athletes training and competing year-round in 22 Olympic-style sports. These athletes are never charged to participate; instead, funds are raised to sponsor these athletes.

It costs $400 for one athlete to train and compete in one sports season, so the Polar Plunge is one of Special Olympics’ most popular fundraisers.

The seventh annual Polar Plunge will take place on Saturday at Woodlawn Beach, 3580 Lakeshore Rd., Buffalo.

Check-in begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, and the plunge will begin at 2 p.m.

Each plunger must raise at least $10 to participate and plungers that raise over $100 will receive a Polar Plunge sweatshirt.

Last year in WNY $140,000 was raised with 1500 participants and over a million dollars was raised with 13 plunges state-wide.

Unlike previous years, there will not be a post party because a pre-plunge ice-breaker party already has raised $8,000.

To register for the 2013 Polar Plunge, visit this website and to sponsor a participant, visit this website.

“Not only is this a great way to show your community support but you will have the opportunity to meet our athletes and see for yourself just how amazing they are,” Amy Neveaux, Director of Development for Buffalo and Rochester, said.

For more information about the Polar Plunge, visit their Facebook page, and then look back to Cody Osborne’s photos from last year’s plunge.

TAGGED: fundraisers, morgan culhane, polar plunge, special olympics new york, woodlawn beach

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