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Campus Polar Plunge nets more than $6,800 for Watauga County Special Olympics

BOONE—A 38-degree water temperature plus 142 hearty souls equaled $6,881.06 for Watauga County Special Olympics.

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The occasion was the 15th Annual Polar Plunge held at the duck pond at Appalachian State University. Since it began, the polar plunge has raised more than $98,000 for the local Special Olympics organization.

Individuals paid a $25 entry fee and groups paid $20 a person to jump in the chilly waters, many wearing costumes for the occasion. The most extreme costume award went to jumpers dressed as Uncle Sam and a “Duck Pond Duck.”

The top fundraising groups were a sports management class, which raised $1,592 and a team from the ROTC program, which raised $1,080. The top individual fundraisers were Stacey Critcher, a Watauga County Special Olympics athlete, and Keron Poteat, Watauga County Special Olympics coordinator.

The annual event is sponsored by local area law enforcement agencies and Watauga County Parks and Recreation Department.