While many Central Kentuckians were burrowed under blankets Saturday morning, 319 people took a plunge in a 35-degree pool outside Texas Roadhouse.
The 10th annual Lexington Polar Bear Plunge raised $90,196 for Special Olympics of Kentucky, a record for the event, said Mark Buerger, communications director for Special Olympics.
Most people involved want to help Special Olympics and find a fun way to raise money. "The rest of them, I think, might be nuts," Buerger said.
Among them were 28 employees of the Kentucky Department of Corrections, who raised $7,000. Department spokeswoman Lisa Lamb said $4,000 of that was donated by inmates at the Blackburn Correctional Complex.
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The inmates earn about 80 cents an hour at their prison jobs.
"That was more than we had raised," Lamb said.