The funds raised benefit more than 8,200 Special Olympics athletes as they train and compete.
Special Olympics Indiana's signature fundraiser, the Polar Plunge is a series of exhilarating events held each winter where individuals and teams courageous the elements by taking an icy dip to demonstrate their commitment to the cause.
Participants and teams who raise more than $75 are eligible to "plunge" into the now-famous pool of freezing water while a crowd of team members and spectators cheer in support. Participants get a free ticket to the event where there is silent and live auctions, door prizes and free food.
Even though the ice was thinner than normal, people still participated in the St Cloud Polar Plunge.
"Valpo is very welcoming, and while I don't interact with people with special needs on a daily basis, I know that everybody embraces each other's differences", she said. "Let's prove to everyone around us that Valpo can make a big difference in other people's lives".
While it may not have been ideal conditions for a polar plunge, everyone was still enjoying themselves. "Plungers put it all on the line as they jump to frozen glory to raise money for Special Olympics Minnesota".
This is the second year for Special Olympics in Washington County.
The Polar Plunge is presented by the Law Enforcement Torch Run to Benefit Special Olympics, and is sponsored statewide by Duke Energy, Graycor Industrial Constructors, Coca-Cola, Bluebridge, Toyota Indiana, Knights of Columbus, Psi Iota Xi, DePuy Synthes, Solid Platforms Inc. and Taco Bell.
Registration begins at 11 a.m., followed by the parade of costumes at 11:45 a.m. and the plunge at noon.