By ESTEVAN MEDRANO
Port Isabel-South Padre Press
February 5, 2015
Brave participants endured the frigid coastal waters for a commendable cause, as the 2nd Annual Polar Plunge was held at Clayton’s Beach Bar and Grill this past Saturday. Proceeds from the event support Special Olympics Texas athletes. Participants were encouraged to wear whimsical costumes; one group even donned pink and black tutus and wigs. Together, donors — including those who took the dip — raised over $11,000 to provide sports training and support a variety of competitions for nearly 4,500 athletes in the Rio Grande Valley.
“Things like Special Olympics give an opportunity for a very loving, caring group of kids to meet their potential and we want to see them meet their potential,” said Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr. who pledged a $1000 donation to the cause at the event.
Celina Escobedo, Special Olympics athlete and coach, was awarded Best Costume for her full-body penguin outfit. The event featured performances by Stereohype and hot cocoa for the shivering participants. The non-profit organization expects to continue the tradition next year as one of their signature events.
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