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Feb 03, 2020

Take the Plunge for Rumson Police Chief Paterson

By Lori Draz

Rumson’s Chief of Police Scott Paterson is returning to defend his title as the top fundraiser in the Polar Bear Plunge on Saturday, Feb. 22. This annual event raises essential funds to support events and programming for the Special Olympics, New Jersey.

This is Paterson’s 12th Polar Bear Plunge, and he has been the top fundraiser for past two years. Last year, he came in first place in the state after raising nearly $25,000, and he’s close to topping $100,000 in total donations over the last half dozen years, thanks to many generous donors and Rumson residents who support the Special Olympics.

He hopes to reach a goal of $26,000 this year, but said donations have been a little slow, so please take the plunge and donate today!

“You just have to meet these kids and see how much heart they put into Special Olympics to understand why this is such an important program,” Paterson said. “I know a lot of people might think it’s a little crazy jumping into the icy waters, but it’s worth it when you see any of these athletes hold their medals and celebrate. I am amazed each year 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. All of these programs and services are always completely free, thanks to fundraising events like the Polar Bear Plunge at Seaside.

Donors are invited to make a check to the Special Olympics and mail or drop it off to the Rumson Police Department, 80 East River Rd. in Rumson. Donations can also be made online at classy.org/fundraiser/2359654.