BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4/AP) – Freezing temperatures on New Year’s Day were not enough to deter hundreds who plunged into icy waters in Evergreen and Boulder to raise money for charities.

In Evergreen, more than 100 participated in the annual Lake Jump that collected funds for the Drive Smart organization and the Evergreen Park and Recreation District. CBS4 anchor Alan Gionet hosted the event.

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“My niece talked me into it. I don’t know if I’m going to talk to her anymore,” joked 81-year-old Bill Damiano.

Participants who jumped into the near-freezing waters then warmed up with a saner option: a hot tub.

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Meanwhile in Boulder, as temperatures lingered in the 20s, about 500 people turned out for the Polar Plunge, organizers said. A warming tent was available for those who ran into Boulder Reservoir. Firefighters were also on hand to ensure safety. No major problems were reported.

The arctic-like blast only encouraged more participants to dive into 36-degree waters, organizers said.

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“For me today, is like, perfect, perfect I love it,” said one brave soul, clad in a fuchsia bathing suit and a matching “Happy New Year!” paper top hat.

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(credit: CBS)

“It’s a lot colder than last year for sure, but I’m just glad there is no wind. The wind is definitely the worst,” another added.

The Boulder County AIDS Project held the 32nd annual event. The event raised nearly $25,000 from entrance fees to help the charity.

“Only fools jump in — because we’re fools and we’re going to jump in ice cold water today,” two participants, dressed as Elvis, said.

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