A record-breaking $213,000 was raised for Missouri Special Olympics this weekend at Lake of the Ozarks State Park Grand Glaize Beach where literally hundreds of plungers took a bone-chilling jump in the frigid waters during the Polar Plunge.


A record-breaking $213,000 was raised for Missouri Special Olympics this weekend at Lake of the Ozarks State Park Grand Glaize Beach where literally hundreds of plungers took a bone-chilling jump in the frigid waters during the Polar Plunge.

Sponsored by the Osage Beach Police Department and the city of Osage Beach, this year's 17th annual plunge broke the state record for plungers and the department's record for fundraising.

OBPD Chief Todd Davis reported 615 plungers took part in the event. The department beat their previous record of $203,00. The money goes to sponsor athletic programs for Missouri Special Olympic athletes.

A crowd that numbered over a thousand including spectators and plungers turned out for the event. With the exception of some rather chilly temperatures during the Super Plunge after the sun went down on Friday, the weather provided a boost to the event with warmer temperatures and sunny skies.

The plunge event started last week with the Cops of Top fundraising event hosted by the police department. The Super Plunge keep spectators entertained Friday noght and into Saturday as the most devout plungers took 24 dips in the lake at intervals over a 24-hour period of time. Saturday morning those who aren't quite up to taking a dip, took part in the 5K Walk/Run event.