Hundreds Plunge for Special Olympics VT

Published 02/08 2014 08:20PM

Updated 02/08 2014 08:27PM

BURLINGTON, Vt. - Hundreds of people dove into icy Lake Champlain to raise money for Special Olympics Vermont.

More than 1,300 people took part in the Penguin Plunge in Burlington Saturday.

We're told the air temperature at the time was about 19-degrees. Compared to that maybe the water felt warm. It was about 32-degrees.
The event raised about $400,000 for Special Olympics Vermont.

"The success of the event is really a result of the community coming together to help put this event on," says Lisa DeNatale, president of Special Olympics Vermont.

The money raised is about half the budget of Special Olympics Vermont.

This is the 19th year for the event.

If you're looking for some frigid fun, there's another plunge next Saturday in Newport.

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