Wenatchee’s 17th annual Polar Plunge raises more than $10,000 for Special Olympics

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It was a brisk morning for a group of brave attendees at the 17th annual Polar Plunge, supporting the Special Olympics with donations.

Wenatchee Parks and Recreation’s Caryl Andre said the event helps raise money for the event, starting three months in advance to plan and begin fundraising.

“We’re working with local law enforcement to raise money for Special Olympics,” Andre said, saying the group includes Wenatchee, East Wenatchee and Douglas and Chelan County police agencies.

This year is the first year the group saw snow, freezing over the Walla Walla lagoon and preventing plungers from taking the dip into the chilly waters. Instead, participants jumped into the crisp snow on Saturday morning, making snow angels in lieu of their plunge.

The event included a costume contest and awards for fundraising, with the event raising more than $10,000 for the local Special Olympics.

Wenatchee Police Chief Steve Crown said the event is a great way to get involved in something selfless and kind.

“Being able to support a child that is going to compete and participate in these games is great, it makes you feel good and something that probably wouldn’t occur any other way without the coordination,” Crown said. “Our parks department did a great job. Every year this seems to be a standard for the city to come out and support these kids.”