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Few familiar faces taking the Polar Plunge

Dan Epstein Dan Epstein
Leland Kim and Duane Shimogawa Leland Kim and Duane Shimogawa
Stephanie Zane Stephanie Zane

By Tracy Gladden - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Special Olympics Hawaii has been looking for new ways to raise money to meet today's economic challenges.

Members of our own KHNL News team get dunked in ice cold water, to raise money for the cause and preview this coming February's Polar Plunge.

KHNL News 8's Minna Sugimoto, Leland Kim and Duane Shimogawa take the plunge.

Truck loads of ice, fill this pool for brave jumpers ready to take a ice cold dip. For 24 straight hours 14 brave souls will be freezing for a reason, taking the plunge to raise money for Special Olympics Hawaii.

"People are having fun, they are into it but a few minutes or two after is a little painful." Dan Ebstein with Special Olympics Hawaii said.

Even more painful for one young jumper. His face says it all.

"Just kind of numbing you don't really feel it you just get wet and you get out and you are numb. Just jump in, get it over with, try to get warm again," Super Plunger Geof Stanford said.

"It makes it harder to get in because you know what's going to happen," Super Plunger Matt Butler said.

Friday's participants including members of KHNL News 8's news team, have raised about $40,000, but the fundraiser is just getting started.

"It's previewing a plunge that were going to do February 21st hopefully out at Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park where anybody from the community can do it. Raise $50 for special Olympics Hawaii," Ebstein said.

The donation will get participants free admission to the park to take a frozen slide down the Flyin Hawaiian water slide.

"It feels great, it feels great, it's a great cause and there's no better way to spend my day." Butler said.

"My feelings for this today is having him good luck on his plunge and hope the best to get the money raised for all the athletes," Special Olympic Athlete Stephanie Zane said.

These plungers set the bar high for the freezing slide in February. If you'd like to participate in the Polar Plunge it is this February so there's plenty of time to raise $50.

There's even incentive to raising more than fifty bucks.

If you raise $500, it will get you a free iPod Shuffle.

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