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Taking the Plunge for a Good Cause

EAST PEORIA - Over 300 people braved the frigid waters on the Illinois River to ring in the new year.
EAST PEORIA - Cold temperatures have most people spending this new year's day indoors.

However, Some people decided it would be fun to go for a swim.

For the past twelve years - people have been spending New Year's Day jumping in to the water.....sometimes into a hole cut out of the ice.

"This is our twelfth annual Polar Ice Plunge here at the East Peoria Boat Club," said Todd Peterson of the East Peoria Boat Club. "People, I think, accept a challenge. They come out and jump out in to the river. And it is really for a great cause."

Mike Miller is one of those accepting the challenge. He's been plunging since the beginning.

"Started out as just a crazy thing to do, but now, I got this string going," said Miller. "I come out to keep it going - see how long I can make it go,"

Mike and three hundred other plungers are embracing their sense of adventure, but it's all for a good cause.

"It's all about raising money for charities," said Peterson. "This year, we got thirteen different charities that we're donating money to."

They are raising money the coldest way they can.

"It is cold, it is the polar ice plunge to the Nth degree," said Peterson.

"It's just a fun, crazy thing to do on New Years Day," added Miller. "The year can only get better from here."

The East Peoria Boat Club hopes to raise more than 10,000 dollars, which will go to thirteen different charities.

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