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Taking The Plunge For A Good Cause

By: Brittany Gunter Email
By: Brittany Gunter Email

Would you take a dip in freezing cold water in the middle of February? Apparently, many people in Omaha were up for the challenge.

The water may be cold and icy, but these people didn't care as they were willing to take the plunge. First in were three beauty queens. You could tell just how cold it was with how fast they ran out. “It was cold and it was a little sticky this time, but we made it and we got back and changed, which was great,” said Kimberly Brennan.

She wasn’t the only one willing to brave the chilly conditions. Hundreds went into Lake Cunningham Saturday morning, participating in the Polar Plunge in order to raise money for Special Olympics Nebraska.

“Just to raise a little money for Special Olympics. It’s a good cause so we might as well sacrifice.” Sacrificing and many looking very cold after coming out of the water. Mike Koenig told us his strategy. “Don’t stop, just keep going.”

People of all ages and backgrounds were there with some even taking the opportunity to dress up or down, all in good fun.

Ron Seipold had a great time, but for him this cause has a special meaning. His son Aidan is a Special Olympic athlete. “They do so much for us. We do all kinds of events for Special Olympics Nebraska." Aidan was there to cheer on his dad and told us his favorite sport to play is basketball.

Many later headed home to hopefully thaw out, but they also knew they have made a difference. Siepold’s team raised around $3,000. According to the fundraising website, the entire event raised over $97,000.


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