Mass. Pole Plunge raises money for Special Olympics, a non-profit organization

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Two separate polar dives took place in Massachusetts on Saturday to raise money for good causes, one for the Special Olympics and the other for a local nonprofit. NATICK, Mass. —

The annual U.S. Veterans Polar Dive for Special Olympics Massachusetts was held at Cochituate Lake in Natick at AMVETS Post 79.

The air temperatures were exceptionally warm on these polar dives, but the water temperatures were still very cold for the participants.

Each AMVETS Polar Plunge participant has raised at least $100 with the goal of enabling more than 14,000 Special Olympics athletes from Massachusetts to train and compete in the sports they love; foster lasting friendships and competitive spirits; and celebrate the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities both on and off the playing field.

Click here for a list of future Special Olympics Polar Dives in Massachusetts.

Meanwhile, Gosnold Behavioral Health held its annual “Freezing for a Reason” polar fundraiser at Falmouth Heights Beach, where the water was 34 degrees.

Gosnold is an addiction and mental health treatment provider with multiple inpatient and outpatient locations in Eastern Massachusetts. The nonprofit also provides behavioral health services to students at approximately 75 elementary, middle, and high schools across the state.

Just over 50 people took part in the “Freezing for a Reason” polar dip on Saturday to raise funds for Gosnold, who turns 50 this year.

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