This year's Polar Plunge raises $74,000 to date for Special Olympics

Friday, February 14, 2014 | 6:03 p.m. CST; updated 3:06 p.m. CST, Monday, February 17, 2014

*The student group Boppin' Bobbers raised $3,006. An earlier version of this article gave an incorrect amount.

COLUMBIA — Last weekend's Polar Plunge has raised $74,000 so far for Special Olympics Missouri.

The total amount is still short of the $100,000 goal, but online donations are still being accepted.

Joan Serpa raised $1,560, the most for an individual, and the Isle of Capri raised $3,344, the most for a group, according to a news release.

Other top fundraisers were the Jefferson City High School Student Council, which brought 30 participants to the plunge and raised $2,961; Sigma Chi fraternity, which raised $6,111; the student group Boppin' Bobbers, raising $3,006; and Columbia College, which raised $485.

Saturday's event brought 376 participants to Stephens Lake.

Each year, the Special Olympics teams up with the Columbia Police Department to host the city's Polar Plunge.

Last year, the Columbia event raised more than $90,000. Across Missouri last year, more than 4,500 people participated in polar plunges, raising upward of $980,000, according to the official Polar Plunge Facebook page.

Several plunges are scheduled in Missouri before winter ends, with eight remaining in February.

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