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Teams ready for 2010 Polar Plunge

LAKE GEORGE - Nearly 40 teams and more than 200 people from Albany to Glens Falls are signed up for the fourth annual Lake George Polar Plunge for Special Olympics. The participants have raised more than $20,000 in advance for the organization's New York chapter.

The dip into the cold waters, one of a dozen happening around the state, will take place at noon Saturday Nov. 20 at Shepard's Cove. Registration starts at 9 a.m.

There will be several events during the morning, including a Zumba warm-up. There will also be a Pre-Plunge Warm-Up Party Friday Nov. 19 at Shepard's Cove Restaurant that will include a variety of raffles.

Plunge organizers are looking for more teams and individuals. Toward that end, Kaila Horton, of Special Olympics New York said that the Warren and Washington counties Victim Impact Panel will give a $250 scholarship to the top high school and top college student among the fund-raisers. In addition, the top-ranked high school and college team will each receive a plaque and a prize. One of the student plungers will also have their name drawn at random for a $250 airline voucher.

Three teams have accounted for $8,000 of the $20,000. Max's Buddies, headed by Lisa Jackoski, is in third place among teams by raising almost $1,800. Jackoski's son Max is a Special Olympian and attends Lake George High School. She had 20 people on the team.

Bill Toscano of Glens Falls, a member of Agni Dentati, was the top fund-raiser with 12 days to go until the plunge. He raised $1, 020 so far.

There are a number of incentives for the Lake George Plunge this year. Anyone who raises $300 or more will receive a free night's lodging at the Holiday Inn Express in Lake George, among the array of prizes.

For information on taking part in the Lake George Polar Plunge, contact Kaila Horton at Special Olympics New York at 388-0700 or khorton@nyso.org. Sign-ups for the Plunge are conducted on the Internet at www.tinyurl.com/LGPlunge.

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