Hundreds take the plunge for Special Olympics

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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Hundreds of people braved cold temperatures to take the Polar Plunge at Lake Zorinsky Saturday morning.

Rachel Mulligan was watching her dad participate in the plunge, and said she was thrilled to see everyone supporting the biggest fundraiser of the year for Special Olympics Nebraska.

"I think it's really wonderful to see how much support of this because this is a really big first step for us in supporting our organization," she said.

Support enables athletes like Mulligan to compete throughout the year.

"I have actually a sport for every season. Right now I'm in bowling, floor hockey and basketball," she explained.

Her favorite sport is soccer.

Katie Kellar is the director of development for the organization. She said support comes in many forms.

"People collect pledges from friends, family, coworkers, anybody they can think. We have plungers who have raised a minimum of $50, but a lot of them have raised into the thousands," Kellar said.

Staucia DuMont took the plunge for the ninth time on Saturday. She and her team of 42 plungers from Core Bank raised over $13,000.

"It might be cold, but the money that you raise goes to a great cause, so it's definitely worth it. It's colder out here than it is in the water," DuMont said.

Special Olympics Nebraska hoped to raise $100k,000 from the event.