Community takes a dip in frigid waters of Lake Ontario for 19th Annual 'Polar Plunge'


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    Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) -- More than 1,000 people braved cold temperatures to plunge into frigid Lake Ontario for a good cause Sunday.

    The 19th annual Polar Plunge benefits Special Olympics.

    "To have 2,000 people jump in the coldest water possible and not only jump in the water but raise a quarter of a million dollars to do so shows a lot about this community," said Renee Synder, VP of Development for the Special Olympics.

    Spectators were invited to cheer on participants, 'freezin for a reason.'

    The organizers plan 19 Polar Plunges across the state each year from Buffalo to Long Island. They say Rochester brings out the biggest crowed.

    The Polar Plunge is part of the City of Rochester's 35th annual Lakeside Winter Celebration weekend.

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