It may have been slightly warmer Saturday, but not enough to melt the ice at Moorman Lake in Quincy for the annual Polar Plunge.

Ice was inches thick on the lake

Organizers had to break very thick ice so over a hundred polar plungers could make their leap into the ice cold water.

It’s all to raise money for athletes of the Illinois Special Olympics.

Each person who took the frigid dive donated at least $100 for the cause.

Organizers said they raised around $27,000 with donations from organizations included.

“This is one of our biggest fundraisers state-wide, we team up with Law Enforcement Torch Run who’s our biggest fundraiser,” said Special Olympics Regional Director Lynde Pavich, “it helps us as a special Olympics organization to raise money to send our athletes to different competitions, provide their meals, provide their medals, and just support special Olympics in general.”

WGEM’s Alexandra Carter taking the plunge

WGEM’s Alexandra Carter also took the plunge.


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