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5th Annual Polar Bear Plunge

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The 5th Annual Polar Bear Plunge on January 31 at Kansas City was a splashing success, raising $175,000 to date. This year Deputy Benezette joined Corporal Claibourn and his son Hunter along with a record 830 other brave men and women from around the area to take a chilly dip into Longview Lake. Our Reason for Freezin’… the athletes of Special Olympics Missouri!


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  • 1st Place Fundraiser – Brian Wilson- $6,100
  • 2nd Place Fundraiser – Bill Porter- $5,200
  • 3rd Place Fundraiser – Ken Southwick- $4,580

Top Team Fundraiser

  • Raymore-Peculiar HS- $16,380

Click To EnlargeThis year’s event was 1 of 13 Polar Bear Plunges held across Missouri and hosted by local law enforcement agencies. Our Plunge hosted by the Cass County Sheriff's Office, Belton PD, Grain Valley PD, Independence PD, Kansas City PD and Lee's Summit PD. Presenting sponsors included 106.5 The Wolf, KSHB-TV Kansas City Action News, Lamar Advertising Company, Code 3 Public Safety Equipment, and Ink Kansas City.

For more information about the Polar Bear Plunge, CLICK HERE.

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Special Olympics Missouri is a year-round program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with mental disabilities. More than 15,000 athletes participate in 19 Olympic-type sports throughout the state. Special Olympics provides people with mental disabilities continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience joy as they participate in the sharing of gifts and friendship with their fellow athletes, their family and friends, and communities across Missouri.

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