Last Saturday 595 people, including several EPPD staff members and their families, plunged into the icy waters of Riley Lake as part of the Special Olympics Polar Plunge.
The plungers solicited donations which go to Special Olympics Minnesota. More than $112,457 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 four more to go, 13,144 plungers have raised nearly $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. And a special thank you to the Eden Prairie Fire and Parks and Recreation Departments for their work prepping the area and keeping the plungers safe.