They’re the ones who’ve made the Polar Plunge a rousing success. More than 2,100 people had already participated statewide going into the Eagle Creek event. Special Olympics Indiana’s goal was to raise $400,000 this year. With Saturday’s attendance, they expect to easily surpass that and maybe even reach $450,000.
Both the dollar amount and number of participants are records. It’s a big deal for the program, which is a United Way agency serving more than 11,000 athletes across Indiana.
“We don’t get government money and don’t have any guaranteed sources of revenue,” Furnish said. “To start out a year where we have this much generosity makes it possible for us to dream about what we’re going to do for the rest of the year.”
For more information on Special Olympics Indiana, call 328-2000 or visit the website at soindiana.org.