POLAR PLUNGE 2015 Our Warmest THANKS for the Polar Plunge
On Sunday, Feb. 15, the Warwick Valley Humane Society held its first annual “Go Jump in the Lake” Polar Plunge at Breezy Point Inn’s winter carnival.
Despite being the coldest day in many years and with bitter wind chills, a dozen brave jumpers took the plunge to benefit our homeless pets.
Our warmest thanks to Breezy Point Inn owners Peter Pakola and Alex Baron who welcomed our fund-raising event during their annual Winter Carnival and made it a possible by breaking and removing 14 inch thick ice to create the plunging pool over a two-day period.
In addition, the Breezy Point Inn held an auction on our behalf, raising more than $500.
To Peter, Alex, Miriam, Eric and the rest of the staff, we couldn’t have done this event without you.
To our event sponsors, Hickory Tree Service and Landscaping, A Fine Line Salon, Lazy Day Pet Services, Black Bear Wine and Spirits, Hudson Valley Earthworks, Inc. of Greenwood Lake and Friends of Warwick Valley Humane Society, your support enabled us to meet our related expenses and we thank you for helping us get this event off the ground and into the water.
Wonderfully surprising were all the pledges our plungers proffered for our organization. They really boosted the profits and encouraged the jumpers.
With a cheering and awestruck audience, Kylie A., Tatianna H., Dawn O., Walter R., Steven N., Sabastian S.. Matthew M., Kevin R.,Marty G., Nicole G. along with Animal Control Office Tom Neely and Doug Conway, stripped to shorts, bathing suits and even a bikini, waited for the “Go Jump in the Lake” countdown and plunged off the ice platform into Greenwood Lake.
Our sincere gratitude to the Greenwood Lake Ambulance for being on hand “just in case” and to seeing that all plungers were in good health after their frigid and wet invigorating experience.
Finally, to WVHS director and DJ extraordinaire Jeanine Nostrame for providing four freezing hours of great music and director Michelle Little for her fantastic organizational skills, ability to find sponsors and willingness to do whatever it takes for a successful fund raiser for the shelter pets, raising more than $2,300.
Save the date for the 2016 Winter Carnival at the Breezy Point Inn and Warwick Valley Humane Society’s second annual Polar Plunge!
PHOTO taken by MICHELLE LITTLE
Suzyn Barron, President
Warwick Valley Humane Society