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Ridgewood PBA members raise money for NJ Special Olympics at Seaside Heights Polar Bear Plunge

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February 25,2018

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Seaside Heights  NJ, Ridgewood PBA members joined thousands of others to help raise money for NJ Special Olympics. The waters of Seaside were a little cold but it was a spectacular event that ensures no NJ Special Olympian is limited by the cost of competing.

Ridgewood PBA members  and over 7,000 people, some in costume, some just dressed for cold weather, dashed down the dunes in Seaside Heights on Saturday in the 25th anniversary of the Seaside Heights Polar Bear Plunge to raise funds for the Special Olympics of New Jersey. Officials with the Special Olympics said plungers raised more than $2 million, which goes to support the more than 25,000 athletes.

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Unseasonably Warm Weather Brings Out the Crowds for the Seaside Heights Polar Bear Plunge

Seaside Heights Polar Bear Plunge
all photos by Josh Barnett
February 26,2017

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Seaside Heights NJ, over 6,884 plunged into the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday for the 24th for the annual Special Olympics Polar Bear Plunge in Seaside Heights.

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Many groups raised money from Newark Firefighters, the fraternal orders like the Polar Bear Plunge and Hiram on Ice team.

The water temperatures were reported at 44 degrees and the temperature around 54 degrees, according to organizers, which was much warmer than in years past. Around 1 p.m. the action started with the plunge, thousands crowded the beach dressed as Vikings, polar bears and even Santa Claus.

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The annual event raises money for the New Jersey Special Olympics and organizers say they expect to raise more than $1.875 million this year.