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Jan 21, 2022

Rumson Police Chief Raising Funds for Special Olympics through the Polar Bear Plunge

By Lori Draz

Rumson Chief of Police Scott Paterson is once again taking the Polar Bear Plunge. This annual event raises essential funds to support events and programming for the Special Olympics New Jersey. This year’s plunge will take place in Seaside on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 1 pm.

Paterson has participated in more than a dozen Polar Bear Plunges, and he has been the top fundraiser several times over the past several years. In 2020, he came in first place in the state after raising nearly $25,000, thanks to many generous donors and Rumson residents who support the Special Olympics. Last year, he came in No. 1 again with donations totaling more than $30,000.

He is hopeful that his many donors will support this great cause as it goes live again following a year of virtual events. 

“Once you have met the Special Olympians and see them waive their medals and celebrate their victories, you will know why this is such an important program,” Paterson said. “These athletes put their whole heart and soul into competing, and for me and the other participants, jumping into icy waters is a small price to pay to raise funds to help them make their dreams come true. Every year I am amazed at the community’s generosity, and I am thanking everyone in advance for helping me reach my goal to be No. 1 again. My most sincere thanks for your support of the Special Olympics.”

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

If you would like to donate, click here. You may also make a check to the Special Olympics and mail or drop it off to the Rumson Police Department, 80 East River Rd.