Vince Vaughn and Lady Gaga put their comfortable lives on hold and plunged into icy Lake Michigan water for the Special Olympics.
The Chicago Tribune reports that Gaga, with her fiance Taylor Kinney in tow, and Vaughn each showed up on North Avenue Beach to take a dip in the frigid water with over 4500 people.
“It was awesome,” said good sport Lady Gaga, who revealed her more conservative Broadway bound voice at the recent Oscar telecast in a tribute to Julie Andrews.
Gaga, Vaughn, Chicago mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia and more than 4,500 other good sports jumped into Lake Michigan on Sunday, raising $1.1 million for Special Olympics — the most money raised at a single event for the charity.
The Tribune reports people dressed for the occasion, wearing superhero costumes, Sesame Street characters, a shark outfit, sports jerseys, bikinis and even suits with top hats.
Vaughn, a Chicago area native reportedly told the participants to “go out there and have some fun.”
“It’s too late to turn back now,” said Vaughn, a longtime Blackhawks fan, wearing a Jonathan Toews sweater. Later, the drenched star exclaimed “It’s fantastic.”
Gaga’s appearance reportedly was a shock for organizers. “She’s pure heart,” said Casey Hogan, president of Special Olympics Chicago and its fundraising arm Special Children’s Charities to the Tribune. “She came out for the cause — low-key, no press. It doesn’t get any better than that.”