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Dubuque Polar Bear Plunge raises record amount

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- In its 15 years, organizers say Saturday's Polar Bear Plunge had more participants and raised more money than ever before.

A record 171 people splashed into 41-degree water at the Dubuque Ski Club location on Chaplain Schmitt Island. 16 people opted to be what the event calls a "chicken," (opposed to a "plunger"), who raised money but didn't brave the chilly Mississippi.

The 19 teams raised a combined total of about $28,400.

One of those teams was the Loras Ladybugs, from the Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority.

"Together, we each had our goal of sixty dollars and some of us switched from chickens to plungers and so, like, we are all cold," Loras Ladybug member Jessica Ksiazek said.

Event organizer Lindsay Eastin, with Special Olympics Iowa, said the money will all stay locally, since it will help fund the state winter games, held in Dubuque for the past 25 years. This year's games are Jan. 10-12.

She said Special Olympics Iowa holds 12 Polar Bear Plunges across the state.

Online Reporter Becca Habegger

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