Hundreds come out to Miller Park for the 25th annual Polar Plunge


BLOOMINGTON – Hundreds of people took the plunge into the frigid waters of Miller Park Lake in Bloomington.

“As the lead up it was like 700 plungers, then it was 800, I show up today and find out we’re at 900 plungers and to be out here and just the atmosphere. It’s amazing,” said Special Olympics Illinois President and CEO Pete Beale-Delvecchio.

As of Friday night, they raised more than $140,000. Delvecchio said they are on track to blow past their goal of $169,000. Those funds directly benefit and support Special Olympics Illinois athletes like Jamie Martin.

“They’ve been so supportive and your community being so incredibly active, at all times, and it means so much to me to have fun,” said Martin.

It was Delvecchio’s first polar plunge experience as CEO, and he expressed his nervous excitement to get into the water.

“A little nervous. It is exciting, that thrill. I’m waiting for that adrenaline rush when I go in. It’s going to be fun,” said Beale-Delvecchio.

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