Posted by: sonewjersey | February 28, 2011

More than 5,100 Take Plunge in Seaside Heights and Raise $1.3 Million for Special Olympics New Jersey

The Seaside Heights Polar Bear Plunge, which benefits Special Olympics New Jersey, topped 5,100 plungers and $1.3 million raised. With temperatures hovering at about 40 degrees, the plungers took a group dive into the Atlantic at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 26.

Participants represented 22 states and the District of Columbia, with some coming from as far as California, Texas and Florida. The Little Silver Crocs, led by Mike Laverty, was once again the highest fundraising team with more than $68,000 raised.

This was the 18th year of the Plunge, which was sponsored by the New Jersey Law Enforcement Torch Run, the New Jersey State PBA, The Aztec Ocean Resort, and NJ101.5 Radio.

All proceeds benefit the more than 21,000 Special Olympics athletes that train and compete, year-round, throughout New Jersey.  Online donations to plungers will be accepted through May.

Learn more about the Polar Bear Plunge at

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  1. What an awesome experience. Much more fun and rewarding that I could have ever imagined. See you next year!!

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