Delaware Public Media

Lewes Polar Bear Plunge raises over $875,000

Feb 4, 2018

The Lewes Polar Bear Plunge enjoyed another successful year raising money for Special Olympics Delaware.

Just over 3,300 people rushed into the Atlantic Ocean from Rehoboth Beach Sunday afternoon for 27th annual edition of the event, bringing in over $ 875,000 .

That’s not quite as many people or as much money as last year’s record setting plunge when 3,602 people raised $900,000, but it pushed the Lewes Polar Bear Plunge over $11 million dollars raised for Special Olympics Delaware during its 27-year history.

The money raised helps pay to make sports training and competitions available to about 4,200 state residents who have intellectual disabilities.

And for the record, the air temperature was 47 degrees and the water temperature was 37 degrees at the time swimmers took the plunge, slightly chillier than a year ago