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Chadron Polar Plunge A Big Success

CHADRON – Organizers say Saturday’s 3rd annual Chadron Polar Plunge to benefit the local Special Olympics program was an overwhelming success with new records for participants and fundraising.

The event in the parking lot at the Hilltop Lanes drew 29 plungers, including 10 teams, who raised some $7,000.

Organizers gave special thanks to Chadron State College for portable bleachers for onlookers, the Chadron VFD for supplying one of its portable tanks for the plunge, and Sturdivant’s Auto Parts, who provided 10 bags of ice to keep the water cold on a sunny day with temperatures near 60.

Yesterday was the 9th annual 9th Annual Panhandle Polar Plunge in Scottsbluff, and while it didn’t set records, Special Olympics supporters were still pleased with the results.

The event drew 12 teams and 142 plungers with a preliminary fundraising total of about $34,000 – just shy of the record set in 2015. The Scottsbluff plunge has brought in over $135,000 in its 9 years.

The top fundraising team was the Scotts Bluff County Thunder Special Olympics team, with more than $10,000 pledged to its more than two dozen members.