Cold cash raised for athletes

first_img“It’s not over till it’s over,” Latner said before the last dip, squeezing water out of his stocking cap. The event raised an estimated $50,000 or more, said organizer Chris Clark, director of Special Olympics Santa Clarita Valley. Each of the swimmers who took the main dip at 1 p.m. donated at least $50. The 18 swimmers in the “Super Plunge” crew collectively raised more than $25,000. Proceeds from the event, which the Sheriff’s Department helped organize, will help the Special Olympics serve more than 500 Santa Clarita Valley athletes in its program. Colbert Williams, 34, of Saugus is one of those athletes who also took part in the 24-hour “Super Plunge.” With the Special Olympics, he gets to play basketball, speed skating, softball and his favorite – floor hockey. Williams recently got a job at a supermarket but said that without the Special Olympics his life would be lacking. “I’d be like sitting at home and not doing all these sports.” [email protected] (661) 257-5253 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! That’s about 10 degrees cooler than the top summer temperatures in the surf at Santa Monica Bay, according to data from the National Oceanographic Data Center. More than 200 participants – some wearing costume wigs, tiaras and banners – jumped in the water as friends and family cheered. The party atmosphere of the event extended into the lake during the short plunge. A couple of swimmers tossed a football, while half-a-dozen sheriff’s deputies who jumped in wearing their uniform tops posed for pictures with young women wearing tiaras. Eighteen participants who each raised at least $1,000 plunged into the water once an hour for 24 hours, relaxing in a heated tent between icy middle-of-the-night dips. Auditor Marc Latner, 50, was one of those hardy participants. He and others on the “Super Plunge” crew took their 24th dip in the lake Saturday and added a bonus dip when they went in again with everyone else. CASTAIC – They ran down the AstroTurf carpet and yelled in excitement as they waded into the frigid water, but the winter bathing party lasted just a few moments before they waded back out. And just like that, the much-anticipated “polar plunge” Saturday at Castaic Lake was over, with thousands of dollars raised for the Special Olympics. “It’s so hot outside that it makes the water seem a lot colder than it is,” said participant Tony Buttitta, 38. Organizers of the second annual “Freezin’ for a Reason!” polar plunge said the lake water temperature was in the high 50s Saturday. last_img read more

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