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    Duquesne Public Safety Takes a Wintry Pittsburgh Plunge for Special Olympics

    Six members of Duquesne University's Public Safety Department will brave the elements and splash into the Allegheny River on Saturday, Dec. 14, for the fourth annual Polar Plunge, a fundraiser to benefit Special Olympics Pennsylvania.

    This year's team of brave souls consists of co-captains Carl Stivenson and John Helch, Jeffrey Kardos, Mark Langford, Raymond Marr and Amanda Schaefers.

    Last year, the team set a goal of $800 in donations, which was surpassed earlier than expected. As a result, members increased the goal to $1,500 and are about halfway to reaching it.

    To support a member of the Public Safety team, visit the Polar Plunge sponsor page and enter one of the participant's names. Online donations will be automatically added to the team's account.

    Since the event's inception in 2010, the Plunge has raised more than $760,000 for Special Olympics of Pennsylvania and will top the million dollar mark this year.

    Duquesne University

    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.