On February 22, the 27th annual Polar Bear Plunge at Seaside Heights brought over 8,000 plungers, hundreds of volunteers, and thousands of spectators, all helping to raise over $2.4 million for 26,000+ Special Olympics New Jersey (SONJ) athletes! This year’s event set record numbers for the amount of plungers and money raised for SONJ!
The day was surprisingly sunny for February, a welcome sight by all. That didn’t do plungers much help, though, as water and air temperatures only reached around the mid-40s.
Thankfully, plungers could visit the Wawa truck where over 90 volunteers handed out free coffee and hot chocolate.
Team Wawa and its 300+ plungers were also very supportive, raising over $100,000 for Special Olympics New Jersey athletes!
Spirits certainly matched the sunshine more than the chilly temperatures as plungers had their creativity on display with unique costumes, such as superheros, where’s waldo, clowns, unicorns, and even wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tubemen!
A HUGE shout out to all the plungers and their fundraising efforts! Check out the Top 5 teams below! Results can be found here.
Thanks to all our plungers, dedicated volunteers, and the sponsors & supporters of Special Olympics New Jersey and the Polar Bear Plunge at Seaside Heights:
- Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics New Jersey
- The New Jersey State Policeman’s Benevolent Association
- NJ 101.5
- The Borough of Seaside Heights