Saturday, January 17, 2015

Special Olympics Polar Bear Plunge again smashes donation, participation records

Photo by Mike Micklasavage

The Special Olympics New Jersey (SONJ) has undoubtedly become the Wildwoods' grandest - and most colorful - winter event.

And it keeps getting bigger... and BIGGER!

The 9th annual outing, held this afternoon behind the Wildwoods Convention Center, smashed last year's record-setting event totals.

For the first time, over 1,000 polar bears braved 40-degree conditions and took the plunge into the frigid Atlantic; the official tally saw 1,042 take part, up from approximately 900 last year.

Most importantly, the event raised over $325,000 for SONJ, easily topping (and almost doubling) 2014's total of $188,115.

That figure will continue to grow (and you can help!) as donations will be accepted for the next 60 days at



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* - Cold, wet, wild: Polar Plunge raises over $325K for Special Olympics New Jersey

* NBC10 - WATCH: Thousands brave bone-chilling temps for Polar Bear Plunge at Jersey Shore

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