January 21, 2006--Posted at 8:15 p.m. CDT
"Yeah the water's cold," said plunger Rick Tichenr.
"Freezing, freezing for a reason, it was cold but well worth it," said Event Co-planner Vonnie Greer.
The reason for the plunge was to raise money that benefits Special Olympics.
"It's one of the most wonderful things I can tell anybody to get involved with, what it does for these kids, it gives them success in their lives," said Event Co-Planner Audrea King.
"It wasn't bad until I hit the water then my breathe took off it just left," said Tichenr.
"It takes a couple seconds, when it gets about up to your waist is when you realize you made a mistake," said Greer.
20 individuals, 14 teams, and Sponge Bob took the plunge and raised almost 10,000 dollars for Special Olympics. All of the proceeds will benefit Special Olympians across the state and right here in Region 8.
"We can use everybody's help if everyone would help out we wouldn't have as many problems as we have today," said Tichenr.
Although it was a warmer than usual January day across Region 8, it was downright frigid for those who took an afternoon swim.
"When you go under water it's all you can do to get up, you just want to get up," said King.