What does raising more than $100,000 for the athletes of Special Olympics Missouri look like? Cold! Damn cold!

The 8th Annual Polar Plunge on Feb. 22 at Maryland Heights was a splashing success, raising $126,500 to date. A total of 721 brave men and women (a new record!) from around the area donned costumes and swimwear to take a chilly dip into Creve Coeur Lake.

Top fundraisers included the following:

1st Place – Dan Bridges, $3,430
2nd Place – Kirk Halveland, $2,900
3rd Place – Tied: Luke Morrow & Tom Bush
Group – Centene Corporation, $10,629
School – Ackerman School, $4,897
Top Greek Fundraiser – Sigma Tau Gamma, Gamma Theta, $2,485
Top Law Enforcement – Hazelwood Police Department, $8,926

Competition for the Golden Plunger was steep this year. Participants were encouraged to come in costume and compete for the chance to take home the “golden plunger.”

Individual Winners:
Gold – “Man in Kilt Outfit” from Heat #29
Silver – “Man with red & white flag” from Heat #43
Bronze – “Brother of an Athlete” from Heat #50

Group Winners:
Gold: Mercy Hospital Orthopedics
Silver: ACTION Warriors
Bronze: Lutheran North Crusaders

Most Spirited – Sigma Tau Gamma, Epsilon Sigma

This year’s event was held in conjunction with the Maryland Heights Police Department and Hazelwood Police Department. Presenting sponsors included Z107.7, Wild 104.9, 93.7 The Bull and 103.3 KLOU.

Online fundraising is still ongoing. Donations can be made at www.somo.org/plunge.