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RELEASE: 20th Annual Lake Saint Louis Polar Plunge raises $93,500 for Special Olympics Missouri

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LAKE SAINT LOUIS – The 20th Annual Polar Plunge on February 4th at Lake St. Louis was a splashing success, raising $93,565 to date. A total of 321 brave men and women from around the area donned disco-themed costumes and swimwear to take a chilly dip into Lake St. Louise. Their Reason for Freezin’… the athletes of Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO)

Online fundraising is still ongoing. Donations can be made at

“I am in awe of the support from our community! The Plunge was a great event and this community truly came together to raise funds for Special Olympics Missouri athletes!”

Top individual fundraisers included the following:

1st Place Fundraiser – David Hurst ($2752)

Top Fundraising CommunityTeam – UAW – GM ($10,032)

Top Law Enforcement Team – Wentzville Police Department ($7093)

Top Fundraising School – Justice League of REACH of Wentzville School District ($4,080)

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.”

Community Group 1st Place – Team Jbyrd

Law Enforcement Group 1st Place – Wentzville Police Department

School Group 1st Place – Justice League of REACH of Wentzville School District

SOMO was lucky to have a helping out with this event. Our Plunge Ambassador for this year’s Plunge was Glenn Plank. He is a SOMO athletes, and he worked for months to help spread awareness of the Plunge!

This year’s event was held in conjunction with Lake St. Louis PD, Wentzville PD, O’Fallon PD, and St. Charles County PD. Sponsors included Toyota MO, Purpose Wrecker, Premiere Rentals, Texas Roadhouse and the Lake St. Louis Community Association.

For more information about the Polar Plunge, visit

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Special Olympics Missouri

Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO) is a year-round program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Thousands of athletes participate in 16 Olympic-type sports throughout the state. SOMO provides people with intellectual disabilities continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience joy as they participate in the sharing of gifts and friendship with their fellow athletes, their family and friends, and communities across Missouri.

SOMO is proud of our financial health, returning 78% of every dollar back to program services. We are privileged to be recognized with these honors: Better Business Bureau A+ Charity Accreditation , Guidestar Gold Level and Charity Navigator 4-star rating. Special Olympics was also recently named Morning Consult’s No. 4 most trusted nonprofit.

Thank you for trusting us with your donations, volunteer time and your goodwill.

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