Polar plungers raise money for Special Olympics

Posted at 5:38 PM, Feb 09, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-09 19:38:32-05

SARATOGA SPRINGS, Utah -- Hundreds of participants gathered as people leaped into frigid waters on Saturday to help raise money for Utah Special Olympics.

The Saratoga Springs Police Department hosted its fifth annual Polar Plunge at Pelican Bay Marina on Utah Lake on Saturday morning. This event allowed people to collect pledges and donations to leap into freezing waters, and the money raised goes to benefit Utah Special Olympics.

The event featured a costume contest, complete with prizes, so many of the participants wore outlandish outfits as they took the plunge.

Those who participated paid a small registration fee, $10 for adults and $5 for children, and then either raised, or paid themselves, an additional amount--$40 adults and $30 for students. Although some people, like plunger Marge Coch, were able to raise much more than that.

“So far I’ve raised $770,” Coch said.

Michael McOmber is a member of Saratoga Springs City Council, and he said he and other members of the council were glad to be a part of the event.

“It’s been absolutely hilarious,” he said. “We are the Saratoga Springs City Council, and we are proud to be here to support our police department as they support the Special Olympics. It’s just an amazing opportunity.”