HAMBURG, N.Y. - This Saturday more than 1,000 people are expected to brave the cold and jump in Lake Erie to raise money for a worthy cause.
The annual Polar Plunge, which benefits the Special Olympics of New York, is this Saturday at 2 p.m. at Woodlawn Beach. Organizers hope to meet their $150,000 fundraising goal.
All of the money raised stays in Western New York and pays for children and adults with intellectual disabilities to compete in a variety of sports. It costs about $500 per athlete, per sport to compete. There is no cost to athletes, families, or caregivers to participate.
Special Olympics is the largest amateur sports organization in the world.
On Thursday, divers from Hamburg Police, New York State Police, and the Erie County Sheriff's Department checked the water and removed any debris or obstructions that could pose a danger for plungers.
WGRZ Meteorologist Andy Parker said Saturday's high temperature will be 28 degrees, but feel like 19 with the wind. Lake Erie is currently 41 degrees.