Ithaca, N.Y. — A local “Polar Plunge” fundraiser at Cayuga Lake raised more than $34,000 for the Special Olympics.

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Local law enforcement were involved in the effort, with the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office, for instance, raising close to $500.

The event was sponsored by the Ithaca Polar Plunge for Special Olympics New York. It’s the second annual event.

“Top Fundraiser Gian Dodici and his daughter Emma …. $2,051 raised as of March 20th. Thank you Gian and friends,” the polar plunge Facebook page said.

Here are some photos of the event — in which participants enter the freezing lake — posted by the sheriff’s office and by the event’s fundraisers:


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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.