Zephyr Cove, NV (KRNV & MyNews4.com) - Marching to the beat of the Wolf Pack Marching Band, more than 300 brave souls, with thick skin, prepared themselves for the Polar Plunge.
They donned their best super hero costumes, including members of News 4's team.
Each polar plunger raised at least $125 dollars to benefit The Special Olympics, an international non-profit organization that strives to foot the entire bill for Special Olympians to compete.
“It’s huge,” says Polar Plunge host, Drue Murin. “This event alone will raise over $50,000."
News 4 Chief meteorologist Brandon Wholey even auctioned himself for his ticket into the water, raising $150.
"It's all about the cause,” says Murin. “The Special Olympics is near and dear to our hearts. That's why we come out, donate our time, and a lot of people take it up a notch a little bit further by getting themselves into a speedo which they really should be in. And take into the water!
Plungers shrieked as they hurried out of the water, but it's not just the icy water that sends chills through their bodies, the Polar Plunge does something more:
“It really brings it out in you to get out and do something positive for the community, if not the world, not just for Special Olympics, but for everyone and everything,” says Murin.
The team representing News 4 had a goal of raising $500, in the end, they raised $1,410 for the Special Olympics.