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Donors dive into the Delaware for a good cause

Locals take the 'plunge' for Special Olympics


Warm weather brought out a big crowd for the 5th annual Lehigh Valley Polar Plunge in Easton on Saturday.

Proceeds from the plunge benefit the Special Olympics.

The Polar Plunge is one of the biggest fundraisers for the Special Olympics in Pennsylvania and the money raised funds programs throughout the year.

Organizers say about 500 people participated.

"It's amazing to see how big it's gotten, how many people come here and support it," said Pam Youngkin.

Youngkin and her son Tyler took the plunge for the fifth year in a row.

Tyler, 21, has been participating in Special Olympics events since he was eight years old.

"It wasn't that bad, I just went up to my thighs," said Tyler, who was one of the first people to jump into the Delaware River.

"At least it didn't feel bad coming out, it's not freezing this year," Pam Youngkin said.

Youngkin said the water was still cold but the warm weather made the experience more tolerable.

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