Delaware Public Media

2019 Lewes Polar Bear Plunge raises over $900,000

Feb 3, 2019

The Lewes Polar Bear Plunge had a “Super Sunday” raising money for Special Olympics Delaware.

More than 3,500 people rushed into the Atlantic Ocean from Rehoboth Beach Sunday afternoon for the 28th annual edition of the event,  bringing in over $906,000.

Those numbers topped last year’s plunge when just over 3,200 participants raised more than $875,000.

And the Lewes Polar Bear Plunge has now raised nearly $12 million for Special Olympics Delaware since it began in 1992

The money raised helps pay to make sports training and competitions available to about 4,200 Delawareans who have intellectual disabilities.

And for the record. the air temperature was 43 degrees and the water temperature was 39 degrees at the time swimmers took the plunge.  That water temp was a couple of degrees warmed than a year ago.