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RELEASE: 17th Annual Chillicothe Polar Plunge raises nearly $8,000 for SOMO

2024 Chillicothe Plunge

CHILLICOTHE – The 17th Annual Chillicothe Polar Plunge on Feb. 10 at Simpson Park was a splashing success, raising $7,700 to date. A total 31 brave men, women from around the area donned Hawaiian-themed costumes and swimwear to take a chilly dip into freezin’ water. Their Reason for Freezin’ wasthe athletes of Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO).

Online fundraising is still ongoing. Organizers of the Plunge still hope to raise an additional $2,300 to reach the goal of 10,000. Donations can be made on our online fundraising page.

“It was a great day for a Plunge, not too cold,” Plunge Coordinator Melody Prawitz said. “I want to thank everyone for supporting Special Olympics.”

Top individual fundraisers:

  • 1st Place Fundraiser – Tom Melte
  • 2nd Place Fundraiser – Cheryl Evans
  • 3rd Place Fundraiser – Katie Lowe

Top team fundraisers:

  • Top Fundraising Team – Chillicothe Correctional Center
  • Top Law Enforcement Team – Chillicothe Correctional Center
  • Top Fundraising School – Chillicothe High School

Competition for the Golden Plunger was steep this year. Participants were encouraged to come in costume and compete for the chance to take home the “Golden Plunger.”

  • Group 1st Place – Chillicothe High School
  • Group 2nd Place – Team Lowes
  • Group 3rd Place – Chillicothe Cert Team

SOMO was lucky to have Charlie Phillips as a Plunge Ambassador for this event. He is a SOMO athlete, and he worked for months to help spread awareness of the Plunge!

This year’s event was held in conjunction with Chillicothe Correctional Center.

For more information about the Polar Plunge, visit

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