The Polar Plunge raised nearly $85,000, according to Neal J. Johnson, president and CEO of the Special Olympics.
The event took place Saturday morning at , helping 52,000 Special Olympic athletes in New York.
"It was a great event to benefit our athletes on Long Island," Johnson said. "We appreciate all the good folks from the town of North Hempstead and all the plungers who went 'Freezin' For A Reason'!"
Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect that there are 52,000 Special Olympic athletes in New York, not at the Polar Plunge event in early March.