Some 3,734 participants raised $1.85 million at the Polar Plunge Festival this weekend at the Oceanfront. It was also the beginning of the second quarter-century of the event being held in Virginia Beach.
Almost 700 students from 15 middle and high schools raised $79,662 and Plaza Middle School was the top fundraising team.
More than 85 Special Olympics athletes, family and friends from the Fredericksburg/Stafford area took home the Top Team fundraising award, with more than $63,738 raised.
Kevin Vogt raised $11,804 and claimed the top individual fundraising prize.
Since 1993, more than 51,000 plungers have raised in excess of $13.8 million for Special Olympics Virginia. The inaugural Polar Plunge took place in 1993 at the Clarion Hotel when 108 plungers raised more than $11,000 for Special Olympics Virginia, with 2018 marking its $8 million year.
Rick Jeffrey is the president of Special Olympics Virginia.
Courtesy photo, left to right: Rick Jeffrey, Special Olympics VA president; television personality Kurt Williams and radio personality Rick Rumble.