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3,312 Plungers Raise $1,250,000 for Special Olympics Virginia

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Virginia Beach, Va. – The REPEAT in this year's Plunge messaging really is to encourage fans to take the icy dip with us again and again. But we couldn't have been happier when it took on another meaning at the coolest event of the year.

For the third year in a row, Special Olympics Virginia repeated its record $1 million fundraising total – make that $1,250,000 and counting, to be exact - at the 2013 Polar Plunge® Winter Festival, Feb. 1-2 in Virginia Beach. Proceeds from the Plunge help provide year-round support to more than 11,000 Special Olympics athletes and 20,000 volunteers across Virginia.

"Raising one million dollars for the third year in a row is incredible," said Rick Jeffrey, Special Olympics Virginia president. "More importantly, though, these funds will help us to build bigger, better, more inclusive communities across the state of Virginia."

The 2013 Polar Plunge® Winter Festival, presented by WTKR NewsChannel 3, the FOX 106.9, FM99, Wawa, WGNT, Virginia Natural Gas, Booz Allen Hamilton and the Virginia Law Enforcement Torch Run, kicked off at 10 am Saturday, with the Polar Plunge commencing at 2:30 pm

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