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Apr 01, 2022

Rumson Chief of Police Scott Paterson Sets All-Time Polar Bear Plunge Record

By Lori Draz

What a victory! Rumson Chief of Police Scott Paterson broke the all-time record at the Polar Bear Plunge, held in Seaside on Feb. 27. Paterson has maintained a steady streak as the No. 1 fundraiser in this annual event which raises essential funds to support events and programming for the Special Olympics, New Jersey.  

This year, however, Paterson shattered his record, raising an astounding $41,000, making him the highest individual fundraiser in the state thanks to many generous donors and Rumson residents who support the Special Olympics. 

“I cannot express how overwhelming this year has been,” Paterson said. “It’s hard to believe everyone’s continued and amazing support. I also wish to thank all the new donors who contributed this year. I have said it many times; jumping into the freezing Atlantic Ocean may seem like a crazy idea, but when you meet these incredible kids and adults that Special Olympics benefits, you would head out to the beach too! Again, I want to send my most sincere thanks to everyone who contributed to setting this record-breaking donation.”

Special Olympics New Jersey provides year-round sports training, competition, leadership opportunities and health screenings to more than 25,000 athletes. All these programs and services are always completely free thanks to fundraising events like the Polar Bear Plunge at Seaside.

Paterson said it has been his honor and privilege to be a small part of this event, and he will be collecting funds throughout the year. If you would like to donate, make a check to the Special Olympics and mail or drop it off to the Rumson Police Department, 80 East River Road, Rumson, NJ 07760.

Each year, the Polar Bear Plunge at Seaside challenges thousands of brave jumpers from around the state. It’s a great way for everyone–individuals, teams, organizations and businesses – to get involved supporting Special Olympics New Jersey. All funds raised go toward programming and events for more than 25,000 athletes statewide.