(FOX19) - Over 800 people took the Polar Plunge in frigid water today to raise $170,000 for Special Olympic athletes in Ohio and Kentucky.
FOX19 Traffic Reporter Denise Johnson hosted the event and exceeded her goal by raising over $1,000 before the plunge even took place.
The event was held outside of Joe's Crab Shack where a giant pool was set up for participants to swim across. This year's donations exceeded last year by $22,000, and as Mark Burger, Special Olympics representative said, the participants "just kept coming and coming."
FOX19's Kelly Rippin reported live at the 15th annual event, where she interacted with participants who were not afraid of the cold temperatures.
As always, the Plunge opened with a wild costume contest as part of the opening ceremonies and the winners received the coveted "Golden Plunger".
The Kentucky-Ohio Plunge is one of six Polar Plunges that will be held in Kentucky this year, with other events in Lake Cumberland, Lexington, Louisville, Owensboro and Western Kentucky.
For more information about how you or your company can be involved, contact Special Olympics Kentucky Special Events Director Julie Goodpaster at 800-633-7403 or
502-695-8222 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.