More than $37,000 donated from Polar Bear Plunge

  • Thursday, March 6, 2014

Sue Maner, Bill Dunleavy and Jamie Maher celebrate the funds raised from the annual Polar Bear Plunge hosted by Dunleavy’s Pub. STAFF PHOTO BY SULLY WITTE

Dunleavy's Pub owners Bill Dunleavy and Jamie Maher presented representatives from the Special Olympics of South Carolina with a $37,070 check last month.

The money was raised from hosting their annual Freezin' for a Reason Polar Bear Plunge.

Dunleavy's Pub, located at 2213 Middle St. on Sullivan's Island, has hosted the 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.

This year about 4,000 went for a dip while 4,000 more watched from the beach, Dunleay said.

For the past 10 years, the event has raised thousands of dollars in support of Special Olympics South Carolina. Special Olympics South Carolina offers year-round athletic training and competitions for more than 22,000 children and adults with disabilities.

Special Olympics South Carolina is not just about sports. They keep their athletes healthy and fit with their “Healthy Young Athletes” program, provide leadership training and opportunities through the Athlete Leadership Program (ALPS), and create inclusive environments in schools and communities through Project Unify and Unified Sports.

Dunleavy's Pub has been a staple off 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, run the pub.

Check out their website at www.dunleavysonsullivans.com and “Like” them on Facebook.

Special Olympics South Carolina provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

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