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Party atmosphere at Fox Lake's Polar Plunge for Special Olympics

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Tom Muehlfelder, left, and Amy Serafin, both of Fox Lake, exit the frigid water during the annual Fox Lake Polar Plunge Sunday at Lakefront Park. The funds raised will benefit Special Olympics Illinois Northeastern/Area 13, which serves athletes with physical and intellectual disabilities in Lake and McHenry counties.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

Members of the Grayslake Police Department dressed as the Addams Family as they run out of the cold lake during the annual Fox Lake Polar Plunge Sunday at Lakefront Park. The funds raised will benefit Special Olympics Illinois Northeastern/Area 13, which serves athletes with physical and intellectual disabilities in Lake and McHenry counties.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

Candi Blake, left, and Kathy Gorman, of McHenry, scream after coming out of the frigid water during the annual Fox Lake Polar Plunge Sunday at Lakefront Park. The funds raised will benefit Special Olympics Illinois Northeastern/Area 13, which serves athletes with physical and intellectual disabilities in Lake and McHenry counties.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

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A carnival atmosphere prevailed at the Polar Plunge in Fox Lake Sunday, which raised more than $61,000 for Special Olympics. More than 450 plungers participated up from last year's 320 participants.
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    • Tom Muehlfelder, left, and Amy Serafin, both of Fox Lake, exit the frigid water during the annual Fox Lake Polar Plunge Sunday at Lakefront Park. The funds raised will benefit Special Olympics Illinois Northeastern/Area 13, which serves athletes with physical and intellectual disabilities in Lake and McHenry counties.
    • Members of the Grayslake Police Department dressed as the Addams Family as they run out of the cold lake during the annual Fox Lake Polar Plunge Sunday at Lakefront Park. The funds raised will benefit Special Olympics Illinois Northeastern/Area 13, which serves athletes with physical and intellectual disabilities in Lake and McHenry counties.
    • Candi Blake, left, and Kathy Gorman, of McHenry, scream after coming out of the frigid water during the annual Fox Lake Polar Plunge Sunday at Lakefront Park. The funds raised will benefit Special Olympics Illinois Northeastern/Area 13, which serves athletes with physical and intellectual disabilities in Lake and McHenry counties.
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