For hundreds of years, Scandinavians have run out of their saunas to jump into icy water. In 1997 the Plungeapalooza began as a fundraiser for Special Olympics in Baltimore, MD. Central Oregon Law Enforcement and Special Olympics Oregon teamed-up for Oregon's first plunge in 2004 in Bend's Deschutes River as a winter time fundraiser. The event grew in popularity and SOOR added plunges in four other Oregon communities. The event has now eclipsed all other fundraisers for the non-profit.
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