Polar Plunge raises thousands for Special Olympics

Groups jumped into the icy cold water to raise money for the Special Olympics.

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- Dozens of people braved the cold temperatures for the 2018 Traverse City Polar Plunge.

Saturday's event was held in the parking lot of North Peak Brewing Company in Traverse City.

Participants raised money and dressed up in costumes for their jump into the cold pool.

All of the more $34,000 raised at the Polar Plunge goes to Special Olympics Michigan.

Special Olympics said the money goes toward providing free sports training, competition and health screenings for more than 23,000 children and adults in Michigan with intellectual disabilities.

There are 28 Polar Plunges scheduled around Michigan this winter.

The Polar Plunges and the Michigan Law Enforcement Torch Run are the biggest fundraisers for Special Olympics Michigan, raising more than $1 million each year.

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