Taking the Polar Plunge for a good cause

BISMARCK, N.D. - With temperatures hovering around 20 degrees Saturday afternoon, dozens of souls braved the cold, all for a good cause. Although it wasn't the coldest day this winter, it was still cold enough to make jumping into a bath of cold water a courageous decision.

Participants taking a dip despite the cold.

"I just keep kinda trying to get into my head that it's 110 degrees outside instead of 26,” Malissa Johnson said.

Johnson is jumping in the Polar Plunge to knock it off her bucket list, but also to support the Special Olympics.

"It's just nice to support it and get it out there to the public that they are out there and they're doing an amazing job and loving every minute of it,” Johnson said.

The Polar Plunge happens each year, put on by law enforcement and volunteers. Kevin Arthaud helps put the event together, but that doesn't stop him from making a splash.

"I figure if I'm asking people to plunge, I better do it myself,” Arthaud said.

Johnson says she supports the Special Olympics each year by volunteering, but also has a personal connection to the cause.

"I actually have some people they're not in this state it’s in another state is part of the Special Olympics,” Johnson said. “So they're backing me just as much as everyone else is."

The fundraising gives them a jump-start to putting on the games in June. Organizers say they had about 50 people signed up to participate.