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Polar Plunge raises $2.8M for charity


UPI News Service, 01/27/2013 

An estimated 12,000 people showed up at the Chesapeake Bay to raise money for Special Olympics Maryland by jumping in the frigid water, officials said.

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About 8,000 participants in the 17th annual Polar Bear Plunge ran into the water at Chesapeake Bay at 1 p.m. Saturday, The Baltimore Sun reported.

A smaller plunge was also held at 4 p.m., for which about 4,000 participants showed up, said Special Olympics Maryland spokeswoman Linda Ellingsworth.

The event likely brought in about $2.8 million for Special Olympics Maryland, Ellingsworth said.


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