Kennewick Polar Bear Plunge - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Kennewick Polar Bear Plunge

KENNEWICK, Wash.  - Even with a light dusting of snow the Columbia River was filled with brave souls raising money for the Special Olympics.

About 75 people faced the frigid temperatures of the Columbia River.  Kennewick Police Department ran the event.

Many Tri-City community leaders including the Kennewick Police chief, the City Mayor and other winter warriors jumped in to help a good cause.

Mark Weber with the Kennewick Police Department said, "It's my first time and last time."

There was a costume contest before the plunge. Warren Tate won the Zaniest Costume Contest.  He said, "I have this chest hair to protect myself from the water.  I have to thank my wife it was her idea.  She lent me the chest hair."

Deb Hunter said, "I'm super plunger.  I designed the whole thing myself. I have some old fashion roller skates too."

One young plunger said, "It was hard to get up my whole body under water.  It was hard to breathe...  I'll do it again next year."

Thousands of dollars were raised for the Special Olympics.  There were no reports of hypothermia.