Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Hundreds Plunged to Raise Funds for NJ Special Olympics

The Wildwoods 2014 Annual Polar Bear Plunge Raises More
Than $300,000 to Benefit Special Olympics New Jersey


The Special Olympics New Jersey 2014 Polar Bear Plunge on January 18, raised over $300,000 to help more than 23,000 NJ Special Olympics Athletes.

Plungers were required to raise at least $100 in pledges to participate in the event, and donations were also accepted on-site. Immediately following the Plunge, the participants warmed up and enjoyed a free lunch inside the Wildwoods Convention Center.

This is the eighth year the Polar Bear Plunge has been held in the Wildwoods. The family friendly event benefits more than 23, 000 athletes of the New Jersey Special Olympics. 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’ Morey’s Piers was named in 2014 among the Top 10 Piers by Coastal Living. In 2013 the Wildwoods were also recognized as one of the Most Awesome Boardwalks in America by; as the Favorite Shore Town by Delaware County Daily Times readers; as the Favorite Beach and Boardwalk by readers; the Top Family-Friendly Beach Town by; and as One of America’s Top 10 U.S. Tourist Towns by families voting in FamilyFun magazine. They were also 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.” In addition, the Wildwoods were voted “Best Town” in the 2009 and 2011 PHL-17 Philly Hot List, Jersey Shore Edition contest; and were 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.

For more information about the Wildwoods, contact the GWTIDA at 800-WW-By-Sea (800-992-9732) or visit its web site,

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