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Splish, Splash: Hazelwood West Supports Special Olympics at the "Polar Plunge"

Hundreds turned out to Creve Coeur Park Saturday for Special Olympics Missouri's Polar Plunge.

More than 500 Special Olympics Missouri supporters turned out to rush into Saturday afternoon. The organization held a Polar Plunge to raise funds for its local programming.

More people came out to participate this year than in 2011. Jocelyn Diehl, Special Olympics Missouri's St. Louis Metro Area Director, said 560 people pre-registered for the event in 2012. Organizers expected between 80 and 100 to register at the event.

That's up from the 506 total participants last year, she said.

Organizers sent groups of 10 at a time into Creve Coeur Lake. Teams included representatives from and .

Diehl said the Polar Plunge is one of Special Olympics Missouri's largest fundraising events.

Hazelwood West had 55 students and 11 staff members participating this year with a goal of more than $10,500. According to a press release, the team has raised more than $4,800.

Hazelwood West will also host a track and field Special Olympics meet April 20.

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