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!
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!
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!