Several lake events to benefit Special Olympics

In this file photo from 2011, members of the “Davis Dogs” and Jefferson City Department of Corrections group plunge and dive into the waters during the annual event.

In this file photo from 2011, members of the “Davis Dogs” and Jefferson City Department of Corrections group plunge and dive into the waters during the annual event. Photo by News Tribune.

OSAGE BEACH, Mo. — The year 2011 was a record-breaking one for the Lake of the Ozarks Polar Plunge.

Last February, the event saw the greatest number of participants, with 610 plungers, and a little more than $200,000 was raised for the Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO).

The Polar Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations and businesses to support SOMO athletes by collecting pledges and donations for being brave to jump into the frigid icy waters of Missouri in the middle of winter.

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