There are ways to raise funds for worthy causes, and there are some truly fun ways. Some rather colorful folks were joined by a few thousand of their closest newest friends for a chilling moment as they experienced a plunge in the Mid-Atlantic Ocean on a chilly February Saturday. With a water temperature of around 40 degrees, these wonderful people along with the many supporters and sponsors raised over $1.1 million to continue the superb work of Special Olympics Virginia for helping those with intellectual and physical disabilities.

The day started off with a really neat sunrise that Virginia Beach is famous for, followed by an early-morning 5K race along the Boardwalk. This was later followed by the always entertaining Costume Parade and Contest. The main event of the Plunge was viewed by several thousand observers who cheered on the thousand or so plungers who raised funds for the privilege of jumping into the Atlantic Ocean to prove their mettle. Mother Nature showed her tolerance this year in keeping the approaching rain on hold, as FM-99’s Rick Rumble proclaimed to the crowd – “This time last year, it was raining. The year before that it was SNOWING – today is NOTHING for you to do what you do best for others. THANKS!!...”

From all of us who help support Special Olympics Virginia – to all of you who help make it happen – Our Thanks.
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