February 25, 2023 marked the 30th anniversary of this Polar Bear Plunge, which originally started off in Point Pleasant but has now found a home in Seaside Heights. Spirits were high despite the weather being low, but that didn’t stop over 7,500 plungers who made up 567 teams and raised a combined amount over $2.6 million, which was well over the goal for the event!

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Events like this help provide sports competition, health screenings, and so much more to the thousands of Special Olympics New Jersey athletes across the state. Having a place to belong and make friends in a safe environment is so crucial for them, and so important to get back to during these tough times. You have all helped them immensely!

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Special thanks to those who went above and beyond with their fundraising efforts!

Top 3 Fundraising Individuals
1. Lou Castano – $23,542
2. David Coppola – $22,111
3. Kevin Burke – $16,884

Top 3 Fundraising Teams
1. Bayshore Shrinky Dinks – $111,515
2. 2nd Avenue Freeze-Out – $108,161
3. NJKofC Polar Penguins – $71,582

Whether you braved the cold weather and freezing waters of the Atlantic, donated, volunteered, or worked the event – we want to thank you for your efforts! We hope you’ll continue to support Special Olympics New Jersey, especially next year when we do it all again!

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