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Hundreds take the plunge for Special Olympics

WISCONSIN RAPIDS (WAOW) - More than 300 people were freezing for a reason on Saturday at the Special Olympics Polar Plunge in Wisconsin Rapids.

The event raised more than $50,000 for the organization.

People wore wild costumes as they braved the icy waters, but participants say it was all for a good cause.

"It's nice to give back," said Shawn Becker, a participant and Patrol Lieutenant at the Wood County Sheriff's Dept. "It's a great opportunity for our special response team to do something back for the community. They do so much for us this was something to put together and give back for everyone else."

This marks the first time Special Olympics hosted the event in Wisconsin Rapids.

It is one of 14 total plunges in Wisconsin put on by the organization.

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