Last Saturday 558 people, including several EPPD officers, plunged into the icy waters of Riley Lake as part of the Special Olympics Polar Plunge. Due to the recent thaw, the “plunge” was more like a swim, although the water and air temperature were still extremely chilly.
The plungers solicit donations and the money raised goes to Special Olympics Minnesota. More than $103,064 was raised, which brings the amount of money raised in Eden Prairie since 2011 to more than $1-million. With 21 plunges completed statewide this year and two more to go, 13,914 plungers have raised more than $3-million.
Law enforcement plays a significant role in helping to raise both money and awareness for the Special Olympics. Police departments, including Eden Prairie, participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run and help out at the Special Olympics games throughout the year.
Thank you to everyone who plunged, pledged and volunteered at this year’s Eden Prairie Polar Plunge!