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Thousands brave cold waters for Va Polar Plunge

Thursday - 2/13/2014, 8:04am  ET

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- More than 3,500 people jumped into the frigid Atlantic Ocean to raised money for Special Olympics Virginia.

The organization says the Polar Plunge in Virginia Beach on Saturday raised more than $1.1 million.

Special Olympics Virginia President Rick Jeffrey says it's the fourth straight year the event raised more than $1 million.

Kevin Vogt of Stafford took home the individual fundraising prize with more than $7,250 raised.

The proceeds help provide year-round support to more than 13,000 Special Olympics athletes and 20,000 volunteers across the state.

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