Eric Guenther, president of Adventure in Food Trading is well ahead and will be the top individual fund-raiser at more than $6,000.
"It was great to see how many people came out and supported Max," Mrs. Jackoski said. "This was great, and we are going to do even better next year."
There was a second team from Lake George High School, as well as teams from many other high schools and colleges. The Saratoga Women's Rugby team was among the most enthusiastic.
Many plungers wore creative and fanciful costumes for their scampering in the cold waters.
Jennifer Melchert of Queensbury, on the Angi Dentati team, plunged into the water garbed in a 14th century linen gown she made herself. Another plunger was costumed as Luigi from the Mario Brothers video game. There were women in tutus, a man dressed in women's clothing and at least one princess.
Special Olympics New York provides the opportunity for 49,000 intellectually challenged athletes to compete in a wide variety of sports. Special Olympics officials estimate it costs $400 per athlete per season. Saturday's plunge was one of 12 taking place across the state over the next several months.
The Shepard Cove restaurant was a sponsor for the third straight year and opened fora special "Icebreaker" party the night before the plunge and was open all day for the event.