2nd Annual Polar Plunge a big success

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The second annual Polar Plunge Saturday to benefit the Nebraska Special Olympics had more participation and produced more money than the inaugural effort last year.

On a day when temperatures climbed into the 40's, 81 people from ages six to fifty-nine plunged into the icy North Platte River. Last year there were 60 plungers.

Scotts Bluff County Sheriff Mark Overman said shortly after the event was over, organizers knew well over $11,000 had been raised and he expected that figure to climb to close to $15,000 by the time everything was counted. Last year the event raised $10,000.

Tom Horn with the Next Young Professionals raised $1,000, the most by and individual. The Young Professionals group raised the most money, but Trooper Chuck Elley's Duck Dynasty group did well as did a group led by Regional West Medical Center Employee Brian Feather.

Overman thanked not only his organizing committee members but also the city of Scottsbluff, Paul Reed Construction, High Plains Spa, and the Army National Guard for their assistance.

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