COLUMBIA — Last weekend at the Polar Plunge, 376 brave winter dippers raised $78,223 to benefit Special Olympics Missouri.

The eighth annual plunge was held Saturday at Bass Pro Lake.

The top individual fundraiser was Jackie Swank, who collected $2,113, and the top group was the BoCoMo Grizzlies with $9,450, according to a news release from the Special Olympics organization. 

In addition, the BoCoMo Grizzlies had the largest team, with 38 plungers. 

Other top fundraisers included MU fraternity Pi Kappa Alpha with $5,000, Jefferson City High School StuCo with $3,326 and the Columbia Police Officers' Association with $477.

Still shy $1,777 of the $80,000 goal, the organization is continuing to accept donations online

Columbia ranks No. 5 in total funds raised out of 14 plunges held throughout Missouri so far this year. 

Supervising editor is Claire Boston.

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