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Polar bears pool their money

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.

The inmates earn about 80 cents an hour at their prison jobs.

"That was more than we had raised," Lamb said.

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