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Marina del Rey may not be as chilly as Alaska where the Polar Plunge originated, but the water in February is still cold enough to get your heart racing.

On Saturday, February 22, more than 230 people accepted the challenge and participated in the annual Polar Plunge, running, walking and diving into the chilly waters of the Marina’s "Mother's Beach” in order to raise funds for the Special Olympics. Many of them came in costume (as chickens and superheroes especially) and wore smiles on their faces – they embraced the event’s motto, “Freezin’ For A Reason.”

The Agency’s very own Michele Blackmon (photo below) is a sponsor of the Polar Plunge, and she got the whole team involved. Several of our agents participated in this year’s event, including Cassandra Hayes, Susan Pekich, and Michael Grady (that’s him above in the superhero costume, diving into the Marina).

Because of the generous support of everyone who came out, as well as the support of additional sponsors, this year’s Polar Plunge raised more than $36,000 for Special Olympics Southern California. According to the Polar Plunge mission, every dollar raised will help fund Special Olympics programs in the local community. Special Olympics Southern California enriches the lives of more than 14,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and their communities through sports, education and athlete health.

To read more about the event or learn how you can become involved, go here.