Taking the Plunge for a Good Cause

By Megan Carpenter

November 2, 2013 Updated Nov 2, 2013 at 11:41 PM EDT

Whitney Point, NY (WBNG Binghamton) More than 200 people in Broome County ran into frigid waters on Saturday.

The second annual Binghamton Polar Plunge had the brave cold, wet and shivering, but it was for a good cause.

The plunge at Dorchester Park raised money and awareness for Special Olympics New York.

Some struggled to find words to describe how cold they were.

"Let's just say it's freezin' for a reason," said Claire Costello, a second-time plunger.

Others said they took the plunge to support a cause that hits close to home.

"My son has Down Syndrome," said Neil Case, a diver for the New York State Police Dept. "I'm really kind of connected to the Special Olympics and the group."

Special Olympics New York said they are the largest chapter in the country, with more than 60,000 athletes.

Before taking the plunge Saturday, numerous people donated to the group, helping them raise $23,000 from this year's plunge alone.