Hundreds participate in Menomonie Polar Plunge

MENOMONIE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Hundreds from across the Chippewa Valley plunged into icy water raising funds for Special Olympics athletes.

The Menomonie Polar Plunge was held at Wakanda Park Beach Saturday. The event is one of 12 Polar Plunges taking place in cities across Wisconsin. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics movement. “Thank you for everybody for being here, for supporting special Olympics and this region, I know its super cold, but thank you all for being here - and for supporting our athletes," said Karina Tomei, Director of Special Events.

This is the third year at Wakanda Park Beach. Last year in Menomonie, more than 200 plungers raised over $45,000. Statewide, more than 6,000 brave participants brought in more than $1.5 million.