PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Forget about the polar plunge, one Long Island town had to think around the ice after Hempstead Harbor froze over this winter, putting a damper on a planned fundraiser.

The water off Port Washington is hiding under 20 inches of ice, making the annual polar bear plunge impossible — even for so-called polar bears.

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Polar spray event in Port Washington, Long Island on March 7, 2015 (Credit: Sophia Hall/WCBS 880)

Polar spray event in Port Washington, Long Island on March 7, 2015 (Credit: Sophia Hall/WCBS 880)

Instead, as WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, the organizers of Saturday’s event got a little help from the fire department and their trucks to make it all happen.

Hundreds of people in their bathing suits stood in 28-degree weather, getting soaking wet in what became the polar spray to benefit the Special Olympics.

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“cold! Extremely cold,” said one participant.

“(Was it worth it?) It was totally worth it,” said another.

The event raised over $100,000 for the Special Olympics.

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