Western Kenosha County residents join Polar Plungers

Kenosha County sheriff's deputies were one of the many groups who took the plunge for Special Olympics Saturday.

Probably very few people would think today was a good day for a swim. But jump into the cold waters of Lake Andrea many people still did today during Special Olympics Polar Plunge.

Perhaps it was because of the cause behind the annual event. Money raised by the Polar Plunge help fund local Special Olympics programs, which provide individuals with cognitive disabilities year-round sports training and competition.

The event was in Pleasant Prairie east of the I-94, but there was a respectable West of the I presence, including a plunge team from the Wilmot High School Student Council and another organized by Kenosha County Fairest of the Fair 2009 Jessica Pawlowski.

Here’s some video scenes of the event, including the plunges from the above teams:

All the plunging and other efforts today raised at least $70,000 for Special Olympics, said Raechel Tudjan, regional director of development, Special Olympics Wisconsin Inc. Over 400 people hit the water.

UPDATE: Tudjan reports Monday morning that the total is now up to $80,000 and still counting.


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