Polar Bear Plunge draws Hundreds

The Atlantic Ocean wasn’t exactly welcoming on Saturday, with its chilly temperatures and sizeable waves.

However, it was not enough to keep more than 250 brave souls from charging into the water – some multiple times – in order to help raise funds for the LADACIN Network.

The Monmouth County-based nonprofit agency helps provide continuum of care – such as educational, therapeutic, social, residential and support services – to infants, children and adults with complex physical and developmental disabilities or delays.

Since it started eight years ago, the polar bear plunge has raised more than $600,000 to support LADACIN’s initiatives, event organizer Cathy Claps said, adding this number does not include the more than $65,000 that was raised for this year’s event.

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