GREAT FALLS — If you attended the Christmas Stroll in downtown Great Falls last Friday, you probably noticed some brave souls jumping into freezing waters for one of the coolest fundraisers of the year.
It was the 14th annual Polar Plunge, where about 130 jumpers raised $30,000 in donations for Special Olympics Montana. The money will be divided up among Special Olympics chapters all over the state.
Rhonda McCarty, CEO of the Great Falls chapter, says she loves seeing the community band together to support the athletes and their programs.
She said, "My favorite part about seeing the community come together to support Special Olympics is the camaraderie, so everybody wins. Not only do our athletes win and feel part of it, but those who promote that also feel part of it. It's just an incredible feeling of togetherness, and that's what our mission is all about."
Special Olympics Montana sponsors 12 polar plunge events across the state from November through February; click here to get more information.
Here are some video highlights from Polar Plunges of years past: