Polar Plunge raises more than $19K for Special Olympics

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The seventh annual Polar Plunge was held Saturday at Parkview Field to raise money for the Special Olympics of Allen County.

This year, the Polar Plunge was a little different than in past years. Instead of plunging into gallons of cold water, the participants rolled around in the snow, made snow angels, and had snowball fights.

Julia Fiechter, Fundraising and Event Coordinator, said the reason for the change was because of the bitter cold temperatures. She also said the cold weather affected the turnout this year.

“The numbers were a little lower this year but the energy was a little higher,” Fiechter said.

This year, the event raised $19,250. The money raised will help buy uniforms, equipment, and pay for facility rentals to participate in the  Indiana Special Olympics this summer.

“Every single dollar that comes into our program stays right here our community,” Fiechter said.

Fiechter said two athletes from Allen County are heading to the National Special Olympics this year.

Mayor Tom Henry and Johnny TinCap were at the event. NewsChannel 15’s Alyssa Ivanson emceed and even participated in the event!

Alyssa Ivanson at Polar Plunge
Alyssa Ivanson at Polar Plunge
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