Polar Plunge raised more than $120K for Special Olympics

Polar Plunge

RICHLAND, Wash. — A day full of frigid water comes with smiles and fundraising for the Special Olympics.

More than $120,000 was raised for the Special Olympics during this year’s Polar Plunge at Columbia Point Marina. Teams and solo jumpers dressed up in outfits, preparing to jump into the cold Columbia River on Saturday afternoon.

“We’re here to jump and raise money for the Special Olympics,” said jumper and representative Tony Hanson with LambWeston. “We’re freezing for a reason.”

The sun cooperated with the event and stuck around until it was over. Hot tubs were near after jumpers rushed out of the cold water.

The Columbia Basin Dive Rescue swam in the water as a precaution for jumpers.

Money raised will go to support athletes at competitions throughout the year as well as the fall games being held in the Tri-Cities this year.