Greater Cincinnati Polar Plunge

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Greater Cincinnati Polar Plunge

Thank you to everyone who took part in the 2023 Greater Cincinnati Polar Plunge
This year you helped us raise more than $148,000 for Special Olympics Kentucky athletes.

See photos from the Plunge

For information about the 2022 Polar Plunge,
contact Hannah Blancet at 502-695-8222 or

Polar Plunge participant in a yellow jumpsuit does a toe touch high above the pool. His long hair trails behind him. ______________________________

The Polar Plunge is the Chill of a Lifetime! Join us for the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics.
Raise a minimum of $75 (or $50 for Polar Bears under 18) and take a chilly dip into a pool that will be set up at The Banks in Downtown Cincinnati. Prizes for the top individual fundraiser and for the top fundraising teams in corporate/civic, school and law enforcement divisions. There are also prizes for the best individual and group costumes.

Can’t plunge, but still want to support Special Olympics? No problem. Register as a Personal Plunger and take the Plunge your way! You get the Polar Plunge T-shirt and are eligible for all other fundraising awards.

Either way, you’ll be Freezin’ for a Reason!

Four Polar Plunge participants in white Elvis Presley jumpsuits about to hit the water in various Elvis poses._______________________________

For more information or for sponsorship details, contact Hannah Blancet at 502-695-8222 or by e-mail at

2023 Polar Plunge Award Winners

Top Fundraiser — Mike Dressell, Chill from the Hill; $4,712
2nd Leading Fundraiser — Debbie Ogden, Northern Kentucky Dolphins; $3,398
3rd Leading Fundraiser — Marc Oligee, Northern Kentucky Dolphins; $2,534
Top Special Olympics Athlete Fundraiser — Arielle Bachrach, Hamilton County Freeze Cats; $2,671

Polar Cup Corporate/Community Division — Hamilton County Freeze Cats, $17,291
Polar Cup School Division — Milford Birds of a Feather, $10,510
Polar Cup Law Enforcement/Public Service Division — Chill From The Hill-Indian Hill Police/Public Service, $6,890

Best Group Costume — Terracon, Despicable Me
Best Individual Costume — Bengals Catwoman

Event Sponsors
Hard Rock Cafe-Cincinnati
Republic Bank
Q102 Cincinnati's Hit Music
Local 12
Greater Cincinnati Water Works