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Trottier's Polar Plunge collected more than $10700 for Special Olympics

Trottier's Polar Plunge collected more than $10700 for Special Olympics

People from all over Bozeman came out to take the plunge for Special Olympics Montana.

The event is part of a fundraiser that goes toward the Special Olympics in Wisconsin.

The top two fundraising participants shaved the heads of LT's faculty organizers, aviation teacher Dave Root and special education teacher Brian Wolf. Her younger son, 9-year-old Briggs, is a different story - he was disappointed he didn't take the plunge this year and plans to do it in 2019.

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Kentucky Lake was around 42 degrees when the Plunge began at 11:30 a.m.

"It's a great event and it's something you can say you've done".

"It's so, so cold", one plunger screamed as she made her way out of the lake.

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Gabriel Hoverman, a senior computer sceince major and house manager of Sig Tau, spoke about how the Special Olympics is part of the fraternity's national philanthropy, meaning that all of the Sigma Tau Gammas around the country help contribute to the cause in some way.

This year's event will consist of a costume contest in addition to the plunge itself.

"People think you're nuts, so that's kind of fun just cause it's something everybody does, but in the end it benefits the athletes in our area, so it's worth it", said Nicole Reno, Participant.

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The first plungers of the day had lumberjack inspired costumes. Colburn and eighth grader and Special Olympic athlete Keenan Bucher plunged into the icy waters as the dynamic duo Batman and Robin. Second place went to Jeff Stewart, also of the Rockets, with $1,650. No problem. Register as Too Chicken to Plunge. In addition to raising funds for Special Olympics of Kansas, Whetzel requires each of her grandchildren to have a 3.0 grade point average in school to plunge. The Law Enforcement agency that co-sponsored the event tweeted this MWDN pic of member of the SPD.


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