WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Community members spent this morning freezin' for reason. Purdue University hosted its annual Polar Plunge to raise money for Special Olympics Indiana.
This year the event raised $84,555. Purdue Polar Plunge is a part of a statewide fundraising event.
Special Olympics Indiana is aiming to raise a total of $1 Million from all participating universities.
Purdue's plunge this year brought out more than 230 jumpers. They said the cold was worth it for the cause.
“I've been known to do silly things and it's great to do silly things for a great cause,” said one jumper. “I had done stuff for Special Olympics before so I decided, why not do something like this again, It's a great cause,” said another jumper.
Purdue Plunge Chairman Lynne Noble said while the event is fun, the impact it'll have is most important.
“The main concentration is on the athletes,” said Noble. “We're doing this for the athletes of our area, of this state, of the world an awareness for Special Olympics.”
News 18-team members even took the plunge. Our team raised a total of $450. Purdue holds the record for the university to bring in the most money each year.