VIDEO: Snow on the beach doesn't stop the Plunge
A snowy beach, 30 degree weather, and 38 degree ocean water didn't stop 3,500 braves souls from raising over $650,000 at the 2013 Lewes Polar Bear Plunge in Rehoboth Beach.
The 22nd annual event is the largest annual fundraiser for Special Olympics Delaware, a non-profit which organizes sporting events for athletes young and old with intellectual disabilities.
This year's highlight was the first-ever appearance of natural snow on the beach following squalls which hit the area Friday and Saturday night. The last time snow fell near the event was the Blizzard of 2010, which forced a postponement for a month. This year it was just enough to create a scenic backdrop and some frost-bitten toes.
In addition to the plunge, the weekend included a 5K, a chili cookoff, and the first ever "Pooch Plunge" on Saturday afternoon. 51 canines took the dip into kiddie pools to raise money for the organization.
Special Olympics has now raised $6.8 million dollars in the 22 years of the event.
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