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"Polar Plunge" raises thousands of dollars for Special Olympics

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GHENT, WV (WVVA) -

Winterplace Ski Resort held the 2018 Polar Plunge on Saturday afternoon. Dozens of people showed up to help raise money for the Special Olympics of West Virginia. 

"Well it's a chance for individuals in the community to come out and have a little bit of fun in the middle of winter to support Special Olympics programming, not just in this area, but throughout the state," said John Corbett, the CEO of Special Olympics West Virginia. 

Those who participated in the event donated money to organization, and in turn received Polar Plunge shirts, jackets and more. 

But for some, the event had a more personal meaning. 

"It's for a good reason. We're here supporting the Special Olympics of West Virginia," said Steven Bragg, a Special Olympics athlete. 

Even though the water was freezing, the participants believed that going through with the plunge was worth it. 

"Man, there's some special people in the world, and our shirts here actually say 'freezin' for a reason'... some people just need to have an experience. They need to experience that special feeling. This is us doing our good deed," said Tyler Workman, a Polar Plunge participant. 

At the end of the day, thousands of dollars were raised for the Special Olympics of West Virginia. 

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