By KTUU News Staff
Channel 2 News
4:23 PM AKST, December 14, 2012
There are plenty of fundraising events where Alaskans jump into the cold water for charities and this weekend marks one of the most attended events since it happens in Anchorage.
The Special Olympics will throw its annual “Polar Plunge” on Saturday and it involves 1200 normally sane people throwing themselves into freezing cold water.
On Friday afternoon, the Anchorage Fire Department too chain saws to the ice and cut a big hole in Goose Lake near the University of Alaska Anchorage, since the there’s not a lot of open water.
Over the last four years, the event has raised more than $1 million for Special Olympics athletes.
Also, there will be a wedding following the fundraiser at 2 p.m. where the bride and groom will take their vows and even take the plunge with their wedding party.
“This is huge event, but even more important than that is what a great way to spend a holiday,” Jim Balamaci, with the Special Olympics, said. “What a great way to have fun with family and friends. Jump into the cold water. Who would have thought? Who'd have thought?"
The event takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 15 at Goose Lake.
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