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Panhandle Polar Plunge trumps last year's total

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This year's annual Panhandle Polar Plunge event brought-in thousands for a good cause.

More than 80 divers plunged into the North Platte River for the second annual Panhandle Polar Plunge, this weekend.

The event raised more than $11,000 dollars which is about a thousand more than last year.

100 percent of the proceeds go to the Special Olympics of Nebraska.

"They need to know that there's people out there rooting them on and that we do care for them, you know?" says plunge participant Sally Aguilar about why she chose to partake in this year's freezing fundraiser.  "They need goals in life and they need to feel that they're special.  That's why they're called the Special Olympics.  We're rooting for you guys!"

The funds raised from last year's event, along with five other events from across the state, allowed the Special Olympics of Nebraska to add 250 athletes to last year's roster.

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