Volunteers needed for annual plunge

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WILDWOOD – The Wildwood Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics New Jersey will take place on Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Wildwoods Convention Center. Organizers expect more than 700 to take the plunge for the athletes of Special Olympics.

Last year, 704 Wildwood Plunge participants raised more than $200,000. The Wildwood Polar Bear Plunge is one of three that take place throughout New Jersey for Special Olympics. Plungers must raise a minimum of $100 to take a dip in the icy waters of the Atlantic. Plungers receive incentives based on their fundraising level.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. with the plunge scheduled for 1 p.m. The event is free for spectators. Lunch is provided onsite for all plungers at no cost; open to spectators for a minimum fee. 

Special Olympics New Jersey is looking for volunteers to help with registration, souvenir sales, event set-up and clean-up, and more. All volunteers must be 16 or older. To sign up as a volunteer, see www.sonj.org and click on “Volunteer.”

The Wildwood Polar Bear Plunge is sponsored by the New Jersey Law Enforcement Torch Run, the State Fraternal Order of Police and the Wildwoods Convention Center. All proceeds benefit the more than 22,000 Special Olympics athletes that train and compete, year-round, throughout New Jersey.

For more information, see www.njpolarplunge.org.  To learn more about Special Olympics New Jersey, see www.sonj.org  or call 896-8000.

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