One of the biggest fundraising events every year for the Special Olympics of NJ is their annual Polar Bear Plunge which is typically held in Seaside Heights, NJ (but was moved last year because of Superstorm Sandy). The event is well known because it draws thousands of people who all raise money for the Special Olympics and then those same people jump into the Atlantic Ocean in February when it is typically around 33-36 degrees. This event has been raising over or around $1 million dollars each year that it is held.
I will always be grateful to my close friend, Jorie for initiating CAT Crew's involvement in the polar bear plunge. She came to Chris and I with the idea while we were still in the hospital after Colin was born and dealing with the diagnosis. That first year, we raised around $30,000 and each subsequent year we have continued to raise more and more (We are hovering around the $200,000 mark in 4 years!). CAT Crew's successes are due to each individual team member who have participated and raised anywhere from $100 to over $10,000! We are comprised of family and friends, and friends of friends who have joined and participated and showed their support to Colin. It is a wonderful thing to be a part of a group who raises money for that very same organization that Colin benefits directly from.