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Polar Plunge returning to Plattsburgh City Beach

Event to once again raise money for Special Olympics

Participants in last year’s Freezin’ for a Reason Polar Plunge run from the water at Plattsburgh City Beach. Last year’s plunge raised more than $23,000 and saw more than 225 people plunge into the chilly waters of Lake Champlain.

Participants in last year’s Freezin’ for a Reason Polar Plunge run from the water at Plattsburgh City Beach. Last year’s plunge raised more than $23,000 and saw more than 225 people plunge into the chilly waters of Lake Champlain. Photo by Jeremiah S. Papineau.

— The night before the event will be another chance to support Special Olympics as Olive Ridley’s hosts a pre-plunge party Friday, Nov. 11. Partygoers will receive a signature Plunge Pint Glass and two free draft beers that evening courtesy of Plattsburgh Distributing and Olive Ridley’s.

“We worked this year to make the pre-plunge party a little bigger thanks to Plattsburgh Distributing and Olive Ridley’s,” said Horton. “We’re going to have a raffle and live auction. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

The Nov. 11 event will also feature a pre-plunge check-in for registered “plungers,” added Horton.

Through the two combined events, Horton said she’d like to exceed the amount of money raised for Special Olympics last year, adding she’s “cautiously optimistic” such a goal is possible.

“You never know with the way the economy is, but I think we can do it,” said Horton. “Last year, 11 plunges raised nearly a million dollars. I think it’s because it’s just one of those events where people have fun doing it. It’s easier to raise money when it’s a fun event.”

City Mayor Donald M. Kasprzak, who participated in last year’s polar plunge, said he was proud to have the event back for its second year.

“I was so pleased to see the interest of so many people last year,” said Kasprzak. “It seems like the North Country always comes together when we have events like this and I hope this year brings out even more people.”

Those interested in signing up for Freezin’ for a Reason may go on-line to www.specialolympicsny.org and click on the “Polar Plunge” icon. There, visitors can learn how to participate by collecting pledges from the community to participate. The Nov. 12 plunge will start with registration at 9 a.m., with the plunge to follow at 12 p.m. Every participant who raises $100 will receive a free hooded sweatshirt.

For more information about the event, contact Kaila Horton at 388-0790, ext. 129, or visit the Special Olympics New York website.

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