- Associated Press - Sunday, February 2, 2014

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - This year’s Polar Bear Plunge in Rehoboth Beach is raising a record amount for the Special Olympics Delaware.

Special Olympics spokesman Jon Buzby tells The News Journal (https://delonline.us/1cKKK1C ) the event raised more than $725,000 on Sunday. Thousands of people were expected to take part in the sprint into the cold ocean.

The weekend also features a 5K run, an ice sculpting contest, chili tasting, chicken wing sampling and a “pooch plunge” with owners and their dogs taking a dip in the ocean on Saturday.

The weekend of events has helped boost business for the shops and restaurants of Rehoboth Beach. Last year, 3,500 people participated in the swim, and nearly all of them brought friends and family for the festivities.

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Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., https://www.delawareonline.com

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