Nearly 400 people from Westport and surrounding towns on Saturday took a dip into the icy waters of Long Island Sound in support of Special Olympics Connecticut's 13th annual "Penguin Plunge" at Compo Beach.

The Westport plunge -- one of 11 throughout the state this winter -- raised nearly $128,000 for Hamden-based Special Olympics. The event was organized by a 10-member committee, assisted Sunday by 60 volunteers.

Westport organizations that sent members into the water included the Westport Fire and Police departments, the Knights of Columbus, the Bedford Bears from Bedford Middle School, Clasp Group Homes, Staples High School rugby team and Staples' Service League of Boys.

Local businesses joining the cause included the Westport offices of risk-management firm USI Connecticut and Patriot National Bank.

Two Ridgefield groups -- Special People's Housing Education Recreation Employment and Hope's Friends -- received the Emperor Club Award for raising the most money, $32,218.