(Riverton, Wyo.) – Special Olympians and their families, friends and supporters made a BIG splash Saturday morning in the parking lot in front of Riverton City Hall. It was the annual Jackalope Jump to support Special Olympics. And support they did. A total of $4,512 was raised as individuals and teams jumped into a pool of icy water, each having received pledges or made donations to the effort.

The participants came dressed in a variety of gear. They came clad in pajamas, super hero costumes, fire service helmets, sheep and dog costumes, tutus plus tee shirts and shorts. There was even a Jackalope!

The most popular people at the event appeared to be the towel bearers. After each plunger emerged from the icy water and climbed out of the pool, that’s where they headed… a good dry towel.

One of the most expressive jumps of the day was performed by Community Entry Services’ CEO Shawn Griffin (see below) as his cannonball created a big splash and his emergence from the water resulted in a big gasp!

Leading the Special Olympians was Lewis Fancher who was the top fund raiser of the day, collecting $1,235 for the cause.