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Fifth Freezin' donations more than $6,600

Special Olympics Chili Cookoff and Auction Saturday evening

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The Fifth Annual Freezin’ for a Reason, by any reckoning, was a success.

More participants plunged and more money was raised in Wednesday’s Broken Arrow Special Olympics fundraiser, sponsored by the Broken Arrow Athletic Department, then had been seen or collected in any of the four previous years.

“What an incredible showing of support from our school and community,” said Christina Gould after watching district administrators, state politicians, teachers, coaches, Broken Arrow police officers and endless Tiger high school athletes jump into the Broken Arrow Golf and Athletic Club pool with the temperature hovering around 40-degrees.

An estimated more than $6,600 was raised preceding and during the event. The money will go to purchase track uniforms and warmups for Broken Arrow Special Olympic athletes.

“I’m so incredibly grateful for each and every person that came out to support us,” Gould said. “The outpouring of love and kindness continues to overwhelm.”

Special Olympics hosts its annual Auction and Chili Cook-Off this Saturday at 6 p.m. at Centennial Middle School. Tickets are $10 per person.