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Polar Plunge for Special Olympics held Feb. 21

BOONE—The 15th Annual Polar Plunge to benefit Watauga County Special Olympics will be held Thursday, Feb. 21, at the duck pond at Appalachian State University.

View larger imageMore than 200 jumpers participated in year’s Polar Plunge, raising more than $8,000 for Watauga County Special Olympics. This year’s plunge will be held Feb. 21. (Photo by Marie Freeman)

The event is sponsored by local area law enforcement agencies and Watauga County Parks and Recreation Department. Registration for the plunge begins at 3 p.m. and the plunge begins at 4 p.m.

Since its inception, the Polar Plunge has raised more than $98,000 for Special Olympics. All of the money raised for the Polar Plunge stays in Watauga County and supports local Special Olympic athletes. Last year, 142 hearty souls took the plunge and raised more than $8,234 for Watauga County Special Olympics.

Individuals wishing to take the plunge are asked to donate $25. For groups of five or more that register as a group, a donation of $20 per person is requested. Prizes will be awarded for the most extreme costume (male and female) and for the top fund-raising group and individual. All plungers will receive a Polar Plunge towel.

Anyone interested participating in the Polar Plunge or sponsoring a plunger should contact Keron Poteat, Watauga County Special Olympics coordinator, at 264-9511 or any of the Watauga County law enforcement agencies involved in sponsoring this event.

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