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Polar Plunge Raises $37,000 For Special Olympics

Bill Dunleavy and Jamie Maher present a check to the Special Olympics South Carolina.

Bill Dunleavy and Jamie Maher present a check to the Special Olympics South Carolina.

Staff Report for Island Eye News

It’s been a New Year’s Day tradition for 19 years. The Dunleavy’s New Year’s Day Polar Plunge began with a few hundred people and now thousands take the plunge every year. For the past 10 years, the event has raised thousands of dollars in support of Special Olympics South Carolina, and the 2014 event was no different. Over $37,000 was raised for the organization that offers year-round athletic training and competitions for over 22,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Special Olympics South Carolina focuses on keeping athletes healthy and fit, provide leadership training and opportunities, and create inclusive environments in schools and communities through Project Unify and Unified Sports.

Dunleavy’s Pub has been a staple on Sullivan’s Island for the past 20 years. Started by brother and sister, Bill and Patti Dunleavy, the pub is “a little slice of New England.” Patti is now retired and her son Jamie along with, Bill, now run the pub.

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