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Freezin' for a reason

Photo by Jacob Musselman / Ball State Daily News - Robert Wagner, husband of Henry County Special Olympics Coordinator Tami Wagner, was the first plunger Saturday in the 2019 Polar Plunge at Ball State University.

Courier-Times Staff Report

MUNCIE — New Castle High School and Henry County Special Olympics made their presence known Saturday during the 2019 Polar Plunge at Ball State University.

“We had an amazing turn out!” said Henry County Special Olympics Coordinator Tami Wagner.

The annual Polar Plunge raises money and awareness for Special Olympics Indiana. A record-breaking 121 individuals took the icy plunge this year, raising over $20,300.

New Castle High School participated with 23 plungers and, according to their donation page, raised $2,429. Henry County Special Olympics participated with over 35 plungers, raising $4,224 through the Henry County Chillers donation page.

Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity had the largest team with over 40 plungers and raised over $6,600. Largest individual fundraiser was Cindy Denney who raised over $1,100. 

Special Olympics Indiana’s signature fundraiser, the Polar Plunge is a series of exhilarating events held each winter where individuals and teams brave the elements by taking an icy dip to demonstrate their commitment to the cause. Celebrating 50 years of changing lives in 2019 and now serving more than 16,000 people across the state each year, Special Olympics Indiana is aiming to raise at least $1 million through the Polar Plunge season for the first time in its history. All funds raised will directly benefit current and future Special Olympics athletes.

“We recognize that this is a special moment in our history and we’re planning big things for both our 50th anniversary and for the future of the Special Olympics movement in Indiana,” said President and CEO Jeff Mohler. “The Polar Plunge is our most important fundraiser each year and we know that – in order for us to reach our goals and to involve even more people who could benefit from our services – our supporters around the state will need to pull together this winter to raise more than ever before.”

To date, the Polar Plunge has raised over $6 million in support of Special Olympics Indiana’s year-round programs and events, including more than $800,000 in 2018. More than 3,000 individuals are expected to take the plunge this year, with a total of 18 separate events scheduled in cities and towns across the state

The Polar Plunge is presented by the Law Enforcement Torch Run to Benefit Special Olympics and is sponsored statewide by Toyota Indiana and Duke Energy, among others.

To learn more about the Polar Plunge or to register or make a contribution in support of a participating individual or team, visit www.PolarPlungeIN.org.