This past weekend I volunteered once again at the Special Olympics Maryland Polar Bear Plunge at Sandy Point Beach near Annapolis, MD. Fortunately Winter Storm Jonas producing prolific amounts of snow was behind us and we are all just barely plowed out! Remains of snow and ice covered the grounds and it was definitely cold but that didn't keep thousands of brave souls to take the plunge.
Events took place over a period of several days. On Friday the Super Plungers started their 24 hour stretch of hourly plunges. Later that day the police, firefighters, EMS and military took the plunge. And finally a large group of corporate plungers took a dip! On Saturday morning the super plungers finished their 24 hour stretch, followed by a family plunge and two general public polar bear plunges.
The ambiance was absolutely wonderful: music, food, festivities, costume contests, family fun activities, laughter and cheers and excitement abound.
Over two million dollars was raised for Special Olympics Maryland and money is still coming in.
Here are some photos of the events.
More plunge photos here: https://marleenvandenneste.smugmug.com/SpecialOlympics