Organizers behind a fundraiser for the Special Olympics have thanked Lady Gaga for helping them raise more than $1 million by plunging into an icy lake over the weekend.
The singer took part in the 2015 Chicago Polar Plunge on Sunday morning, braving the freezing waters of Lake Michigan along with her actor fiance Taylor Kinney and the cast of his TV show Chicago Fire, Vince Vaughn, and Jimmy Fallon.
After taking the icy dip, Gaga later posted pictures of the event on her Instagram page, showing her entering the water on Kinney’s shoulders and revealing that her wig froze, writing, “Feels so good to do things for a good cause like the Special Olympics. It’s great (to) donate money, but also great to donate a gesture of love for those who deserve to be showered with it… My weave froze!! Taylor gave me his hat I thought my wig was gonna freeze into and become one with the lake.”
Organizers raised a record-breaking $1.1 million, and Casey Hogan, president of Special Olympics Chicago, thanked the pop superstar for helping to boost funds, telling the Associated Press, “She’s pure heart. She came out for the cause – low-key, no press. It doesn’t get any better than that.”