Hundreds of residents plunge for the Special Olympics

Bottom of the Jackson Aquatic Center where participants jumped into freezing temperatures (Jennevieve Fong / News 10)

300 residents got together in Medford to take a plunge into the water for a great cause Saturday afternoon. There were about 31 teams who dived into the freezing water to raise money for the Special Olympics.

The event at Jackson Aquatic Center raised nearly $40,000 for the organization. Organizers said half of the proceeds will go to participating athletes, while the other half of the money will be used to purchase new equipment.

Medford Councilmember for Ward 3 Kevin Stine, who jumped for the fourth time this year said the event is a great way to give back.

"It's a very touching thing," Stine said. "People that have different abilities... disabilities, but still want to be involved and still want to do the things that people the same age are doing."

Many of the participants were local law enforcement, including Oregon State Police, Jackson County Sheriffs Office, Josephine County Sheriffs Office and various police departments created their own team for the event.

"It’s great to have their support," Stine said. "They’re the primary people that come and help build momentum to raise money for the programs."

Officials said every participant was asked to raise a minimum of $50 for the organization. The "Top Plunger" listed is Scott Wilson who raised $1,210 alone.

If you were not able to attend or sponsor the event, it is not too late to donate online.

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