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WinterFest brings in big bucks for non-profits

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The 2013 KTTC Polar Plunge crew The 2013 KTTC Polar Plunge crew

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) - The Polar Bear Plunge is all but an icy memory, but the fun of this year's WinterFest will be a big boost for area non-profits.

Thursday morning, Rochester mayor Ardell Brede announced the 2013 WinterFest totals.

More than $400,000 dollars was raised for 21 non-profit groups.

Social Ice brought in about 17,000 people this year, and the Polar Plunge exceeded last years numbers with more than 1,000 jumpers and an expected $225,000 dollars.

In total, organizers estimate 25,000 people participated in 27 different events.

Organizers say because WinterFest is put on by non-profit groups, while the money raised is important, also notable is the turnout. Officials say the attendance figures mean that even during this economic downturn people, are still contributing within our local economy.

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