NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Sailors joined together to raise money for Special Olympics Virginia during the 15th Annual Polar Plunge on Feb. 3 in Virginia Beach, Va.
Fifteen Sailors from Carl Vinson contributed about $1,500 of the $750,000 raised in the event this year.
Carl Vinson Command Master Chief Glenn Mallo led the team into the icy water of the Atlantic.
"Our Sailors are always waiting for a chance to help out in the community, and the Polar Plunge is yet another chance for the Carl Vinson to lend a hand," said Mallo. "It was also a wonderful team-building exercise and a great opportunity to get out and show some Carl Vinson pride."
The Polar Plunge is part of the Annual Virginia Beach Winter Festival, which includes food, live music and other festivities, culminating with participants raising more than $100 each in donations by running together into the chilly Atlantic Ocean.
Volunteers collected the donations in order to earn the right to plunge. There were many incentives to encourage them to collect donations, from sweatshirts to a free night's hotel stay.
The money earned from Polar Plunge is used to help Special Olympics Virginia provide year-round training and sports programs for both children and adults with
"It's good to see people are willing to raise money for a good cause," said Electrician's Mate 1st Class (SW/AW) Francis Waligur, a volunteer coordinator and plunge participant. "We got a great response from the Sailors. Carl Vinson has always come through for the local community."
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