Plunge Season Kicks off in Richmond

100+ Plungers raise $63,000+ for Special Olympics Virginia Athletes

We kicked off Polar Plunge season in Richmond this past Saturday. The inaugural event was held at Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield and featured more than 100 plungers diving into the river to support Special Olympics Virginia athletes.

There were so many members of the Colony that made the Richmond Polar Plunge possible and we want to extend a major thank you to them for their support:

  • Sheriff Karl Leonard, detective Lakisha Davis and the entire Chesterfield Sheriff’s Office for their logistics support
  • Captain Jerry Pruden with of the Chesterfield County Fire and Ems and his scuba rescue team who kept our plungers safe!
  • Pocahontas State Park manager, Ranger Nathan Clark and the friends of Pocahontas State Park
  • Greg Green and his team with Davis & Green Electrical
  • Lastly, NBC12, the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Summit Media for their support and promotion of the return of the Richmond Plunge

Witnessed at every Polar Plunge event are some creative costumes. From Christmas costumes to penguins, Richmond featured a little bit of everything. This made the costume contest extra competitive. When the dust settled the winning costumes were:

  • Individual - Emily Bower as Katniss
  • Team - Area 6 on Ice dressed as Team COVID

While the costumes and plunging were a blast, the event was all about raising critical funds for Special Olympics Virginia athletes. After plungers reached the initial goal of $40,000, they shattered the new fundraising goal of $50,000 and ended up raising $63,000 for the athletes. Take a look at the fundraising leader board below:

Top Individual FundraisersTop Team Fundraisers
Chelsea Gaughran - $7,133SOVA RVA YPB - $33,120
Bryan Wilson - $3,995Altria Polar Plungers - $10,233
Drew Bahen - $3,020Area 6 on Ice - $8,089

To see photos from the event, click here.