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Freezin' For A Reason: Alaskans Jump Into Ice-cold Water In Annual Event
More than a thousand people in Alaska took part in a polar plunge for charity (CCSS Level: Grade 7, Words: 260)
Dec 20, 2016 Sports

Dressed in a range of costumes, from elves and polar bears to bikinis, more than a thousand people braved arctic temperatures to plunge into a frozen Alaskan lake. The annual Polar Plunge takes place every year at Goose Lake in Anchorage. The ice covering the lake had a hole cut into it by workers with chain saws. This allowed the brave souls who volunteered to jump to do their favourite dive, cannonball or timid step into the frigid water. Some jumpers lost their nerve at the last minute and had to be "helped" into the water by friends.

More than $300,000 was raised during this year's annual fundraiser, which was held on December 17. It's the eighth year for the event, which Special Olympics Alaska president Jim Balamaci said has raised over $2 million in that time. There have been 5,000 people who have taken the plunge since the first event, and more than 50,000 donors, he said.

"People with intellectual disabilities sometimes are the most underserved, and when you have a thousand athletes coming out on one of the shortest days of the year, in the middle of winter, to jump into 32 degrees, to say, 'You know what? We're going to unite our communities, we're going to accept everybody, and we're going to do this all together,' it just warms my heart," Balamaci said.

"I think it's the coolest event in Anchorage during the year, at least on Dec. 17th," he joked. All the money raised goes to help people with intellectual disabilities achieve their dreams through sports.

What is the average number of donors for each person who takes the plunge?
In the passage, why is the word "helped" shown in speechmarks?
It shows that the people were afraid of the cold
It tells the reader that friends can be helpful
These fearful plungers were pushed into the water
Not everyone was brave enough to do the jump alone
The words "underserved", "fundraiser" and "cannonball" are all...
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Since the event began, about how much money has been raised?
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