ST. CLOUD - It may sound like an insane idea...but hundreds of Central Minnesotans lined up for a chance to jump into ice cold water for a good cause on Saturday.

The annual St. Cloud Polar Bear Plunge took place at the 400 Supper Club on Pleasant Lake. This is the 17th consecutive year for the event.

Brave teams jumped into the frigid water to raise money for Special Olympics Minnesota. Each participant must raise $75 to Plunge. Last year, St. Cloud plungers raised $113,000 for the cause.

Rachel Vollbrecht was one of the brave plungers at the event, she's a special education teacher who was looking forward to participating.

"This is my first plunge, I'm really excited about it," Vollbrecht says.

Some teams have their own personal reason for jumping. Madi Roerick and a large group of friends and family were all jumping for her daughter with health issues.

"She's 14 months, she wasn't expected to live two weeks, she's the heart and soul of our team," Roerick says.

For other teams it's a unique, fun...and somewhat crazy way to raise money for a great cause.

Special Olympics Minnesota offers children and adults with intellectual disabilities year-round sports training and competition. More information can be found on their website. 


Polar Bear Plunge
Dan DeBaun, WJON News