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Residents Braved The Cold And Took A Swim For A Good Cause

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 YAKIMA, WA.- It was certainly a beautiful day for the 14th annual Polar Plunge at Sarg Hubbard Park in Yakima.

People were diving in and braving the cold to raise money for a good cause.

Last year people participating in the plunge faced freezing temperatures and ice covering the water, but this year we saw unusually warm weather. Everyone at the plunge seemed thankful to say the least, especially those who remember last year.

“Last year it was way worse there was ice and they had to make a spot for us to jump in,” Rebecca Pettingail told KNDO.

Tom Stephens participating for his second year in a row told us, “It was cold last year, ice was on top, it was freezing this years a lot different it's going to be warmer hopefully.”

Hundreds jumped in to raise money for the Washington Special Olympics.

All the proceeds go directly to helping the 541 athletes right here in the state.

Nikki Sandino with the Yakima Police Department's Community Service Program told us it's great to be able to give back to such a worthwhile organization.

“The families deserve to be able to go to these events and not have to worry about any costs. The athletes are wonderful they show the best sportsmanship and they have a good time in all the events they participate in,” Sandino said.

Last year at the polar plunge they were able to raise over 48,000 dollars; they're hoping to raise even more this year.

If you weren't able to make it to the polar plunge this year there is still time to donate to the Washington Special Olympics. They'll remain open for donations for the next several weeks.