St Joseph Polar Plunge For Special Olympics Raises $20,000

The 12th Annual Polar Plunge in St Joseph February 17th to benefit Special Olympics Missouri raised over $20,000.  A total of 85 men and women from around the area donned costumes and swimwear to take a chilly dip at East Hills Mall.

Online fundraising is still ongoing.  Organizers of the plunge still hope to raise an additional $17,400 to reach the goal of $38,000  Donations can be made at


Top individual fundraisers included the following:

1st Place Fundraiser – Jackie Haley ($906)

2nd Place Fundraiser – Max Schieber ($884)

3rd Place Fundraiser – Julian Smith ($764)


Top team fundraisers included the following:

1st Place Team Fundraiser – Tanner’s Team ($991)

2nd Place Team Fundraiser – Sigma Tau Gamma ($915)

3rd Place Team Fundraiser – Alphas ($573)


Top fundraising schools included the following:

1st Place School Fundraiser – Smithville Middle School ($3,168)

2nd Place School Fundraiser – Truman Middle School ($2,044)

3rd Place School Fundraiser – Smithville High School ($2,000)

Top Fundraising College – Sigma Tau Gamma, Northwest Missouri State ($991)


Any other prize categories you awarded:

1st Place Law Enforcement Team – Maryville Treatment Center ($875)

2nd Place Law Enforcement Team – St. Joseph PD ($630)


Competition for the Golden Plunger was steep this year.  Participants are encouraged to come in costume and compete for the chance to take home the “golden plunger.”

Group 1st Place – SJSD Dynamic Duos (Thing One, Thing Two, Thing Mom)

Group 2nd Place – Smithville High School (togas)

Group 3rd Place – Platte County High School (togas)


Individual 1st Place – Kristen Kutzli (Golden Plunger)

Individual 2nd Place – James Runde (Zeus)

Individual 3rd Place – John Thomas (USA Superhero)


This year’s event was held in conjunction with St. Joseph Police Department and MTC.  Presenting sponsors included Hy-Vee, Sunshine Electronic Display, Hillyards, Buchanan County, East Hill Shopping Center, Roderick Signs, St. Joe Parks and Rec, Fat Boy Sound Productions, Vektek, Commerce Bank, Gray Manufacturing, Mosaic, Missouri State Highway Patrol and Randolph Seating and Mobility.


For more information about the Polar Plunge, visit

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