Monday, January 21, 2013

The Wildwoods 2013 Annual Polar Bear Plunge Raises More Than $250,000 To Benefit Special Olympics NJ

The Special Olympics New Jersey 2013 Polar Bear Plunge on Saturday, January 19, 2013, was the biggest turnout in the Wildwoods to date, as more than 800 participants and teams raised more than $250,000 to benefit Special Olympics NJ.

The event was FREE for spectators, but Plungers had to raise at least $100 in pledges to participate in the event and donations were accepted on-site. Immediately following the Plunge, the participants warmed up and enjoyed a free lunch inside the Wildwoods Convention Center.

The Wildwoods’ Polar Bear Plunge is a family friendly event benefiting more than 22,000 athletes of the Special Olympics New Jersey. Year after year, the Wildwoods Polar Bear Plunge continues to grow in popularity and is just one of the many FREE events offered in the Wildwoods.

The New Jersey Law Enforcement Torch Run sponsors the Wildwoods Polar Bear Plunge and is comprised of law enforcement officers who volunteer and are dedicated to raising funds and awareness for Special Olympics. The Special Olympics Torch has become one of the most colorful aspects of the Special Olympics New Jersey Opening Ceremonies.

For more information regarding Special Olympics New Jersey please visit

For more information regarding Special Olympics Wildwoods’ Polar Bear Plunge please call 609-896-8000 or visit

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit or call 800-992-9732. 

About the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority

The Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority (GWTIDA) was formed in 1993 to consolidate the tourism economy of its three founding municipalities: Wildwood, Wildwood Crest and North Wildwood. The Wildwoods have won numerous travel and tourism awards, heralding the resort for its beaches, boardwalk and attractions.

The Wildwoods were named “Best Beaches in New Jersey” in the 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2008 Top Ten New Jersey Beaches public survey, sponsored by the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium. Wildwoods’ beaches were also named “Best Beach for Family Vacations,” “Best Beach for Tourism,” “Best Beach for Events,” “Best Beach for Eco-Tourism” and “Best Beach for Day Trips” in the same surveys. The Wildwoods were named #1 Boardwalk in the nation by in 2012; and Smarter Travel also named the Wildwoods Boardwalk, one of “Americas Best Boardwalks.” The 2012 list of “15 Destinations on the Rise” for TripAdvisor included the Wildwoods, and voted the Wildwoods one of “Americas Top 10 Scenic Seasides of the Summer.” The Wildwoods also received the Delaware County Daily Times 2012 Readers’ Choice Award for “Favorite Shore Town”. In addition, the Wildwoods were voted “Best Town” in the 2009 and 2011 by Philly Hot List, Jersey Shore Edition contest; and was one of Sherman’s Travel’s “Top Ten American Boardwalks” for two years in a row.

The Tourism Authority operates the Wildwoods Convention Center and acts as the island’s destination marketing organization overseeing the development, research, planning, marketing, advertising, promotion, public and media relations encompassing the tourism, meeting and convention industry in the Wildwoods.

Additionally, the Authority funds, assists with and hosts more than 180 annual special events to enhance the visitor experience and extend the tourism season, including the Beach Monster Mash Truck Races, Family Nights On The Boardwalk, Friday Night Fireworks, the New Jersey State Barbeque Championships and Anglesea Blues Festival, Classic Car Shows, the International Kite Festival, Irish and Italian Festivals and the National Marbles Tournament, among others.

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