BALTIMORE COUNTY, MD—The Baltimore County Police Department raised over $35,000 by participating in the 2021 Polar Bear Plunge.
The Polar Bear Plunge is part of Maryland’s history. For the past 25 years, thousands of plungers have jumped into the icy waters of the Chesapeake Bay all in support of Special Olympics Maryland.
While officials originally had a different vision for celebrating the event’s 25th anniversary, the health and safety of the community came first and the event went mostly virtual.
The Baltimore County Police Department participated in the plunge at Rocky Point Park in Essex, MD. Baltimore County officers took the plunge into freezing water and raised the most amount of money, $35,478, for the Maryland Special Olympics.
“I Plunge in support of the incredible Special Olympics athletes across Maryland,” said Baltimore County Police Department Chief Melissa Hyatt. “Our fundraising makes it possible for them to participate in sports and other programs that they love. I also plunge in solidarity with my fellow law enforcement partners during the Police Plunge. Our efforts to raise awareness and funds really do make a difference. Seeing the genuine joy and smiles on the faces of those athletes is truly my ‘why’.”
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