Hundreds of locals braved the cold and decided to “take the plunge” into the frigid waters of Lake Ontario to raise funds to benefit the Special Olympics New York athletes in the Greater Rochester Area on Sunday.
The “Polar Plunge” was held at Charlotte Beach, in Rochester. Registration began at 9 a.m. and the plunge kicked off at noon.
The Special Olympics New York Polar Plunge is a pledge event that has become the premier annual fundraiser of Special Olympics New York across New York state. Participants raise money for the athletes of Special Olympics New York by asking family, friends, co-workers, and those in the community to support their efforts in “Freezin’ for a Reason” as they take the plunge into the water during the winter.
“The more funds we raise, the more we can expand our programs, giving our athletes more opportunities to train and compete,” Stacey Hengsterman, president & CEO of Special Olympics New York said. “This event also helps to create awareness about our organization and what we do. I am amazed by how hard our athletes work. They face challenges, yet put so much time and effort into reaching their goals.”
Last year nearly 2,000 locals participated and raised $250,000 at the Rochester Polar Plunge while spectators watched with excitement. These participants are your neighbors, friends, and of course, Special Olympics New York athletes.
— ROCHESTER FIRST