ASU Polar Plunge raises $8,000 for Special Olympics

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Article Published: Mar. 1, 2012 | Modified: Mar. 1, 2012

A total of $8,234 was raised for the Watauga County Special Olympics at the 14th annual Polar Plunge held at Appalachian State University Feb. 16.

More than 140 plungers participated. All of the money raised will support Watauga County aSpecial Olympics athletes.

Prizes were awarded to the most extreme costume for male and female jumpers, as well as to the top fundraising group and individual.

The most extreme costume winners were Benjamin Franklin as “Flash Santa” and Courtney Armstrong as “Punk Daisy Cart.”

The top fundraising groups were the ASU Sports Management class, raising $1,587, and ASU ROTC, raising $595.

The top individual for donations was Stacey Critcher, raising $110.

“Despite the dreary start to the day, it was a successful and splashing success,” said Keron Poteat, Watauga County Special Olympics coordinator.

She said donations from corporate sponsors are still being received, so the total amount raised may be more.

For more information about Watauga County Special Olympics, contact Poteat at (828) 264-9511 or (

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